On Twitter Tuesday, British security researcher Kevin Beaumont noted that applying the patch and keeping mindful of exploits is essential.
'This is the type of [vulnerability] I am sure the [NSA hackers] would have loved to use for years to come'.
Others are able to get the free update manually. Microsoft has released updates for this flaw (CVE-2020-0601).More news: Human body parts found in north Dublin
That means system updates will no longer be released unless massive security flaws are discovered, and bugs will no longer be fixed so they'll just continue to bother you until you finally relent and upgrade to Windows 10. Acknowledging that "sophisticated cyber actors will understand the underlying flaw very quickly", the NSA deems the vulnerability to be severe.
Roughly 440 million people are still using Windows 7 worldwide - although not all of these will be without support from the Redmond-based company.
What's more interesting is that this is the first security flaw in Windows OS that the NSA reported responsibly to Microsoft, unlike the Eternalblue SMB flaw that the agency kept secret for at least five years and then was leaked to the public by a mysterious group, which caused WannaCry menace in 2017. Moriuchi, now an analyst at the USA cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, said it's likely a reflection of changes made in 2017 to how the US determines whether to disclose a major vulnerability or exploit it for intelligence purposes.
What makes this unusual is that Microsoft was tipped off about the flaw by the US National Security Agency (NSA), which for the first time publicly took credit for finding and alerting Redmond to the vulnerability.More news: Trailer for the last episodes of "BoJack Horseman": Season 6, Part 2
"This is serious news, as the crypt32.dll is a module needed for securing the Microsoft Operating Systems", explained Boris Cipot, senior security engineer at Synopsys.
That's not a cheap ask, given that Windows 10 Home edition costs £119.99 for a single license, which is valid for one PC.
While most of us who commonly use computers already known that Windows 7 is no longer supported, many have no idea.
Beginning January 15, users running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate will start seeing a full-screen notification to upgrade devices due to the end of support. Redmond says the devs can upload the same source code bundle they submit on the Chrome Webstore. Those PCs will now be left vulnerable to exploits and security vulnerabilities.More news: Chargers' Antonio Gates Issues Statement Regarding His Retirement
In addition, Microsoft said a successful exploit would allow the attacker to conduct man-in-the-middle operations.