If you’re one of the billions of people using Microsoft Windows, it’s about time you did a software update. Today there’s an emergency patch for all versions of Windows that fixes a flaw allowing someone to remotely access your machine and execute rogue code.
Microsoft issues critical Windows security update
We’re not yet certain how many people have been affected by the know security issue, but it’s obviously pretty serious, as according to Microsoft:
This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted document or visits an untrusted webpage that contains embedded OpenType fonts.
The Microsoft post also goes on to say that “the security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library handles OpenType fonts”.
OpenType is a special format for scalable fonts, developed jointly by Adobe and Microsoft. Those fonts are free, which makes them useful for web designers to use, but also for hackers to target.