Microsoft recommends that users of older versions of Windows urgently install the latest version of Windows Update to protect themselves from a possible large-scale attack. The software company has fixed an existing Remote Desktop Services vulnerability in Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 in the last update.
Unusually, Microsoft decided this time to also release patches for Windows XP and for Windows 2003, although support for both operating systems has been discontinued. In these cases, users should manually download the update through this official Microsoft website.
Simon Pope, director of the Microsoft Security Response Center, explains that "the vulnerability is propagable, that is, any future malware that exploits this vulnerability can multiply from computer to computer in a similar way to what happened with WannaCry , in 2017 ".
Microsoft reassures Windows 8 and Windows 10 users that this vulnerability will not affect their computers. However, although Microsoft's most popular operating system is Windows 10, there are still millions of users of Windows 7, so a potential attack could represent a major global problem that the American company tries to avoid.