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Microsoft Releases Emergency Windows Patch For Security Vulnerability

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the SMBv3 protocol handles these specially crafted requests

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The detail rated bug were released on Tuesday as part of the software giant's typical monthly release of security patches, what it calls Patch Tuesday. Pixabay

Microsoft has released a Windows patch for a security vulnerability that enabled attackers to transfer malicious code from one machine to another if they had the vulnerability without the knowledge of the users.

The fix is available as KB4551762, an update for Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909, and Windows Server 2019, versions 1903 and 1909.

“Customers who have already installed the updates released on March 10, 2020 for the affected operating systems should install KB4551762 to be protected from this vulnerability,” Microsoft said on Thursday.

The bug exists in the latest version of Window’s server message block, known as SMB, which lets Windows communicate with devices, like printers and file servers, on the network and across the internet.

“A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that the Microsoft Server Message Block 3.1.1 (SMBv3) protocol handles certain requests. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the ability to execute code on the target server or client,” the company said in a statement.

The detail rated bug were released on Tuesday as part of the software giant’s typical monthly release of security patches, what it calls Patch Tuesday.

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Microsoft has released a Windows patch for a security vulnerability that enabled attackers to transfer malicious code from one machine to another if they had the vulnerability without the knowledge of the users. Pixabay

“To exploit the vulnerability against a server, an unauthenticated attacker could send a specially crafted packet to a targeted SMBv3 server. To exploit the vulnerability against a client, an unauthenticated attacker would need to configure a malicious SMBv3 server and convince a user to connect to it,” the company added.

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The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the SMBv3 protocol handles these specially crafted requests. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple May Unveil its First ARM-Based Macbook in Year 2021

By switching to ARM-based chipsets and not relying on Intel for processors, Apple could save as much as 40-60 per cent

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Additionally, Apple would start relying upon the USB4 standard that is aimed to unify USB Type-C and Thunderbolt protocols to deliver new computing experiences with faster data transfer speeds. Pixabay

A recent research note from famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that Apple could launch their first ARM-based MacBook in 2021.

Like x86 processors from Intel or AMD, ARM designs are usually associated with mobile devices because of their greater power efficiency, giving products like the iPad long battery life without the need for active cooling.

The analyst believes that by switching to ARM-based chipsets and not relying on Intel for processors, Apple could save as much as 40-60 per cent, reports The Verge.

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The new processors are likely to add more hardware differentiation to the Mac machines over Windows PCs.

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A recent research note from famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that Apple could launch their first ARM-based MacBook in 2021. Pixabay

This would help Apple keep prices down, especially for their lower-end laptop offerings.

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Additionally, Apple would start relying upon the USB4 standard that is aimed to unify USB Type-C and Thunderbolt protocols to deliver new computing experiences with faster data transfer speeds.

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Kuo also mentioned USB4 support on Mac machines in 2022 and the iPhone maker is speculated to partner with ASMedia Technology for this. (IANS)