Microsoft as expected has just released an out of band security update for the Windows operating system that fixes a critical security vulnerable. The vulnerability affects all Microsoft operating systems that have been released in the past years, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and the Windows Server product line.
The severity of the issue and the fact that the security vulnerability was already exploited actively made the out of band release a necessity.
This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Windows Shell. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if the icon of a specially crafted shortcut is displayed. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
The patch is available via Windows Update, or via Microsoft Download. Windows users are encouraged to download and install the patch as soon as possible to protect their operating system from attacks exploiting the issue.
Additional information about the issue, deployment of the patch and vulnerability information are available at the Microsoft Security Bulletin.
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