If you are still using Windows 7, Google is now recommending Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10. You need to protect your computer from two nasty zero-day bugs that attackers are already actively exploiting.
Although Windows 7 is scheduled to be retired less than a year away on Jan. 14, 2020, around 43% of Windows computers are still running it.
On 3/8/2019 we told you about the Google Chrome Security Flaw. ( the Google Chrome browser version should be 72.0.3626.121 or later).
Google has fixed this problem 3/8/19. However, if it is not fixed, and you are using Windows 7, you are still vulnerable.
A Zero-day Flaw is one that has been discovered by hackers, and they are already exploiting it “In the Wild” before legitimate software developers are even aware of them.
Windows 7 zero-day bug exposed
The Windows 7 bug that was found because of the Google Chrome bug affects almost all Windows 7 computers. Attackers can use this security flaw and run malicious code. Google said that even with the latest Chrome patch, Windows 7 machines could still be impacted by this exploit.
“We strongly believe this vulnerability may only be exploitable on Windows 7 due to recent exploit mitigations added in newer versions of Windows,” Google wrote. “To date, we have only observed active exploitation against Windows 7 32-bit systems.”
As of today (3/09/2019), there is no patch for this Windows 7 bug. Google recommends that users upgrade to Windows 10 and apply patches as soon as they become available.
Note: Macs, Windows 10 and Linux machines with the latest version of Chrome should be safe from these zero-day exploits.
Microsoft said that they are currently working on a fix. However, there’s still no word on when the patch will arrive. In the meantime, it is best to refrain from using your 32-bit Windows 7 machine until Microsoft confirms the rollout of the patch.
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