Microsoft finally patches major Windows security vulnerability

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Microsoft has finally patched a Windows security vulnerability that was disclosed by researchers from Google just over one week ago.

In one of 14 new security updates, Microsoft has fixed the vulnerability discovered in the Windows kernel on October 31.

Researchers Neel Mehta and Billy Leonard publicly outed Microsoft for the critical zero day vulnerability, adding that it was actively being exploited by it.

However, Windows exec Terry Myerson publicly criticized Google for going public saying: “Google’s decision to disclose these vulnerabilities before patches are broadly available and tested is disappointing, and puts customers at increased risk.”

Myerson claimed that the those exploiting the flaw were linked to a notorious group of Russian hackers who were also believed to be responsible for the recent cyber attacks on the the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as well as on the websites and online frastructure of other high profile organisations and individuals around the world.

The security patches have been applied to Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Vista.

To be certain you are protected, make sure you update your Windows device right away.

The news comes just days after Microsoft announced it would no longer be selling copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to computer manufacturers. This means that all new PCs and laptops will now only be sold with Windows 10.

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