Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for ‘Critical’ Flaw in Windows Security

Microsoft recently issued an emergency patch for its major Windows malware protection tool that fixes a critical vulnerability discovered by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), an arm of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) intelligence agency.

The remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2017-11937) in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine would allow an attacker to gain full control of Windows 7, 8, 10, and Windows Server systems via the Windows Defender feature that uses it. Also affected by the flaw are Microsoft Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 and 2016, Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, and Microsoft Security Essentials.

Read more about the remote code execution vulnerability in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine on DarkReading.

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