Microsoft strongly warns computer owners who use older versions of Windows to run Windows Update on their systems to protect their data from potentially widespread attacks. The Windows operating system (CVE-2019-0708) affects computers running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and earlier versions. The company has released security patches for all affected versions of Windows, including Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, although both versions of Windows are no longer supported.
Microsoft has identified remote vulnerability access to Remote Desktop Services. Remote Desktop Protocol itself is not affected.
“This vulnerability is pre-authentication and does not require interaction with users,” the blog post said on Tuesday. “Future malware that exploits this vulnerability can also spread from vulnerable computers to vulnerable computers because malicious software from WannaCry 2017 spread throughout the world.
Microsoft claims that it has not detected any vulnerability exploits. However, security patches were released to ensure that no malicious parties could make malicious software and attack systems running the Windows operating system.
“For this reason, it is strongly recommended that all affected systems be updated as quickly as possible, regardless of whether network-level authentication (NLA) is activated or not,” the article added.
Microsoft claims that downloads for supported versions of Windows are included in the Microsoft Security Update Guide. If automatic updates are activated on your Windows computer, they will be automatically protected.
Windows 8 and Windows 10 systems are not affected by this vulnerability.