Microsoft Finally Patches 19 Year Old Windows Security Bug That Could Allow Remote Code Execution

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In the patch Tuesday this week, Microsoft has finally fixed the 19-year-old bug that was identified in literally all the versions of Windows. IBM Researchers found this vulnerability first back in May this year. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.

This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE). The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could run arbitrary code in the context of the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

Read more about this bug here.

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