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Five years after Microsoft released updates for Windows, which protects it from the computer worm Stuxnet, now the company again do the same. The reason – it turns out that the first update actually was not sufficient and allowed the Stuxnet to continue working. So Windows machines were vulnerable for another five years without anyone knowing.

The first cyber-weapon used by country

Stuxnet is notorious computer worm, discovered in 2010, which is considered the first cyber-weapon used by one country against another. Stuxnet was designed to attack specific equipment in nuclear power plants in Iran, by simply exploit gaps in security of Windows. It is believed he was able to disable at least one fifth of the centrifuges for processing uranium in Iranian plants and has caused serious delays in the country’s nuclear program. Although the specific method of spreading via USB sticks Stuxnet was discovered in other computers outside Iran, although no evidence of damage to them.

The new update should solve the problem permanently. It is part of the traditional Patch Tuesday, in which every second Tuesday of the month Microsoft releases updates for multiple products. Patch for Stuxnet is considered the most important renewal of the ballot for this month.

Solutions and more topical issues

In the software package includes several updates that are status “critical” and is recommended to be installed immediately. Among them is a patch, which is aimed at correcting the newly discovered problem FREAK. It even allows hackers to send commands to the operating system and Internet Explorer browser to use the lower level of encryption in HTTPS connections, which are considered a long-forgotten. It turns out, however, that is still used and there are ways to be activated as a basic. As it is quite old and with a lower level of security, can much more easily be decoded and allows hackers to see the information that is exchanged between the site and the user. Also, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are supported in system verification SHA-2, which is available in newer versions of the platform.

In monthly Patch Tuesday Microsoft includes updates and more vulnerabilities. One of them is related to Internet Explorer and affects all versions of IE6 and above. It is also defined as “critical” and the Microsoft recommends the update to be installed by users and system administrators in companies most possible. In the list of updates fall more updates for Office, Adobe Font Driver and others.

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