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Microsoft says hackers are attacking Windows users with a new unpatched bug

Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a beforehand undisclosed safety vulnerability present in all supported variations of Home windows, together with Home windows 10.
However the software program big stated there’s at present no patch for the vulnerability.
The safety flaw, which Microsoft deems “important” — its highest severity ranking — is present in how Home windows handles and renders fonts, in keeping with the advisory posted Monday. The bug could be exploited by tricking a sufferer into opening a malicious doc. As soon as the doc is opened — or considered in Home windows Preview — an attacker can remotely run malware, akin to ransomware, on a susceptible machine.
The advisory stated that Microsoft was conscious of hackers launching “restricted, focused assaults,” however didn’t say who was launching the assaults or at what scale.
Microsoft stated it was engaged on a repair however that the advisory ought to function a warning till a patch is launched. Though Home windows 7 can also be affected, solely enterprise customers with prolonged safety assist will obtain patches. Within the meantime, the advisory supplied a brief workaround for affected Home windows customers to mitigate the flaw till a repair is obtainable.
The software program big usually releases its safety fixes on the second Tuesday of every month, however often points out-of-band patches in extreme circumstances.
When reached, a spokesperson for Microsoft reiterated the contents of the publish and instructed the patch would land on the subsequent Patch Tuesday, slated for April 14.

Microsoft will let some Home windows 7 clients get free safety updates for an additional yr

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