Microsoft is urging folks using a Windows PC to immediately update their OS after a critical vulnerability was discovered. The vulnerability has been designated as “PrintNightmare” and according to the company , the flaw is designed to compromise the Windows Print Spooler service.
Microsoft says that if your systems are not updated, the vulnerability could effortlessly exploit your system by installing new programs, view and delete data, and even create new accounts, all with full administrative rights. In other words, you’d be letting the threat actors go to town on your PC.
We deleted the POC of PrintNightmare. To mitigate this vulnerability, please update Windows to the latest version, or disable the Spooler service. For more RCE and LPE in Spooler, stay tuned and wait our Blackhat talk. https://t.co/heHeiTCsbQ
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Do note that this security vulnerability is dangerous across all Windows versions; Windows 10 may clearly be a target, but so are PCs running on older versions of the OS, including Windows 7. Even more so, since Microsoft officially ended support for the OS last year. As for the versions of Windows Server, the company says that it will have updates ready for them soon.