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Microsoft releases patch for new Wannacry-esque threat

May 15, 2019 / Sead Fadilpasic

Even though Microsoft's support for Windows XP ended five years ago, the company decided to issue a new security patch, to fix a potential vulnerability that could spread across the internet like wildfire. Given that Microsoft went out of its way to patch a flaw in a long-dead operating system makes you wonder just how serious the issue is. Well, according to The Verge, it is reminiscent of WannaCry, a ransomware that took the world by storm two years ago, and whose consequences are still felt today. It's not just Windows XP that's vulnerable. Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 RS, as well as Windows Server 2008 have all been patched. Unlike the others, Windows XP users will have to manually download the update from this website. “This vulnerability is pre-authentication and requires no user interaction,” says Simon Pope, director of incident response at Microsoft’s Security Response Center. “In other words, the vulnerability is &lsq...