Published: Mon, January 20, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Still using Windows 7? It's time to move on, but kudos

Still using Windows 7? It's time to move on, but kudos

The U.S. executive's cybersecurity advisory unit additionally issued a warning about fresh exploitation.

It might be easy to tease anyone who's still using such an old operating system, but if you (or a family member) are still using Windows 7 for day-to-day computing then I'd argue that's actually something to be respected. Windows 7, for example, has the second-largest market share of all desktop operating systems on 32.74% which is only beaten by 47.65% for Windows 10.

This announcement came right after Microsoft revealed its plans to fix an Internet Explorer security exploit in Internet Explorer.

Microsoft stated all supported versions of Windows are plagued by the flaw, including Windows 7, which after this week now no longer receives security updates. Windows system updates should only be downloaded directly from Microsoft.

The MAS underlined the cyber risk posed to the broader industry and has since informed affected users that Microsoft has provided a patch.

The zero-day vulnerability is also thought to be similar to another vulnerability that hackers were exploiting in Firefox.

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The typical scam involves a call from a person who says they are a Microsoft employee and recommends a system upgrade that requires a yearly fee, according to BBB. One day later, support for Internet Explorer 11 ended as well.

As has been the case on numerous occasions in the past, the vulnerability is a memory corruption flaw caused by Windows scripting engine that Internet Explorer uses.

A high percentage of the Windows 7 machines still in use will be in small and medium sized businesses, many without on-site technology staff in the loop about the end of Windows 7 support. One of the UK's leading enterprise IT websites IT Pro suggested it was nearly double Bott's estimate at 36 per cent.

A specially crafted webpage or HTML document rendered in Internet Explore can trigger the attack, which the United States Computer Emergency Response Team warned about over the weekend.

However, a Microsoft spokesman told TechCrunch that the company "only knows about limited targeted attacks" for which it is "already working on a solution".

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