Microsoft Credits NCSC for Critical Bug Find, Pushes Out Unusual Patch

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Microsoft has taken the unusual step of pushing out a security update for Windows customers running some out-of-support versions, after the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) disclosed a critical “wormable” remote code execution Windows vulnerability in Remote Desktop Services (RDP) that could allow malware to propagate freely.

Vulnerable “in-support” systems include Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008. “Out-of-support” systems affected (and for which Microsoft has put out the rare patch) include Windows 2003 and Windows XP. Newer Windows 8 and Windows 10 are unaffected by the vulnerability, which would let any future malware exploiting it move freely across vulnerable

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