Microsoft has released to critical security updates for all versions of Windows, which users are urged to install immediately.
The tech giant said on Tuesday that the updates patch two major security vulnerabilities that could potentially allow a hacker to take control of your computer, create new user accounts and install malicious software.
“A remote code execution vulnerability exists when Windows Search handles objects in memory. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take control of the affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights,” Microsoft said in an advisory.
All versions of Microsoft’s OS from Windows 7 through to Windows 10, as well as Windows Server, are affected by the vulnerability.
No technical details regarding the vulnerability have been made public in order to prevent hackers from exploiting the flaw. It is not known if the updates have been released because the vulnerability has already been exploited or as a ‘just in case’ measure, which is a more likely scenario.
The updates were released as part of 48 security fixes rolled out by Microsoft this Tuesday.
Out of the security fixes, 25 were labelled as critical, with 21 others rated as important.
Adobe has also released critical security updates for Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader.
The updates, which are for Windows and Mac computers, fix a total of 67 vulnerabilities rated Critical and Important which Adobe says “could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system”.