While Windows Updates can be annoying and in some cases cause system instability it’s no wonder people ignore them. However, this particular update the National Security Agency is urging users to apply.
After the security vulnerability BlueKeep was discovered Microsoft issued a patch that is applied via Windows Updaet.
BlueKeep uses the Remote Desktop feature of Windows and is being compared to WannaCry, a 2007 Malware that caused millions of dollars in damages and infected hundreds of thousands of PCs.
“NSA urges everyone to invest the time and resources to know your network and run supported operating systems with the latest patches,” the organization said in a statement. “This is critical not just for NSA’s protection of National Security Systems but for all networks.”
There is enormous concern for users running older versions of Windows, such as Windows XP or Windows 7.
“Microsoft has warned that this flaw is potentially ‘wormable,’ meaning it could spread without user interaction across the internet,” said the NSA. “We have seen devastating computer worms inflict damage on unpatched systems with wide-ranging impact, and are seeking to motivate increased protections against this flaw.”
See Microsoft’s official statement here: