This is the first disclose Microsoft has credited to the NSA, but Neuberger says it marks a change in their attitude towards vulnerabilities, with the agency now no longer looking to hoard them. But regardless of whether the USA government got a heads-up on the patch, the most worrying thing is that the flaw - which impacts all versions of Windows, including Windows 7 - will not be rolled-out to anyone who is still using a version of Windows 7 after January 14, 2020.
"Users are advised to apply the patch for the crypt23.dll as soon as an update is released", said Cipot. Nearly half of all computer users have it as their operating system, with half of all computers using it. The word is Microsoft is still allowing this transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Once the date reached January 15th, 2020, instead of lying dormant and not displaying anything, the program began to show full-screen alerts that cover your entire screen, including the desktop, on all Windows 7 machines around the world.
News of the vulnerability and patch were first reported by independent journalist Brian Krebs, who said Microsoft provided its software fix to the military and key infrastructure companies ahead of Tuesday's public release. There are more users on Windows 10, but Windows 7 still accounts for 26.64 percent of the desktop market, according to data culled by Net Applications. Here's how you can get it.
Windows 7 launched in 2009 and outlasted its immediate replacement, Windows 8, and predecessor Windows XP. However, the company tells us the promotion has long since shuttered and is no longer to anyone hoping to upgrade.
This component was introduced back in Windows NT (20 years ago) and has been in all versions of Windows ever since. However, a tenth of those surveyed had no idea whether Windows 7 was still running on devices in their company. And that's the cheapest available option. You can check which patch applies to your computer by heading to your PC's About page and checking what version you're now running.
"Now, for those enterprise and SMB customers who have not yet had the opportunity to move to Windows 10, we do have ways to help you stay secure during the transition".