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Microsoft has issued a patch and said it had seen no evidence of the bug being exploited by hackers. It was not clear how long it had known about it before revealing it to Microsoft. Brian Krebs, the security expert who first reported the revelation, said the software giant had sent the patch to branches of the US military and other high-level users ahead of its wider release.
It was, he wrote, "extraordinarily scary". The problem exists in a core component of Windows known as crypt It could, in theory, have allowed a hacker to pass off a piece of malicious software as being entirely legitimate.
The NSA's director of cyber-security Anne Neuberger told reporters that the bug "makes trust vulnerable". She added that the agency had decided to make its involvement in the discovery public at Microsoft's request. The flaw is also an issue in Windows Server andbut does not appear to affect older versions of the operating system.
Prof Alan Woodward, a security expert based at Surrey University, said of the flaw: "It's big because it affects the core cryptographic software used by Microsoft operating systems. Although there is no evidence that it has been exploited by hackers, it is a major threat as it lays users open to a range of attacks, so this is a case of don't panic but apply the patch straightaway. NSA warns Microsoft users of cyber-attack risk. Microsoft ends Windows 7: What should you do?
The issue was revealed during an NSA press conference. Related Topics. Cyber-security Microsoft National Security Agency.
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Windows NSA reveals major flaw in Microsoft's code