Google to continue support for Chrome on Windows 7 until 2021

Ruben Fields
January 16, 2020

Microsoft on Tuesday rolled out an important security fix after the U.S. National Security Agency tipped off the company to a serious flaw in its widely used Windows operating system.

Krebs wrote his article prior to Microsoft posting its Patch Tuesday update.

'This is the type of [vulnerability] I am sure the [NSA hackers] would have loved to use for years to come'. According to an advisory released by Microsoft, the flaw, dubbed ' NSACrypt' and tracked as CVE-2020-0601, resides in the Crypt32.dll module that contains various "Certificate and Cryptographic Messaging functions" used by the Windows Crypto API for handling encryption and decryption of data.

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In 2017, Microsoft was forced to release an emergency patch for Windows XP and other unsupported versions of Windows because WannaCry broke destructive malware, also because hospitals and other critical organizations continued to use these operating systems. Other cyber-security agencies have previously reported major vulnerabilities to Microsoft.

It comes as Microsoft officially pulled the plug on Windows 7 this week.

However, the changelog for both updates is identical this month, as Microsoft has focused specifically on security improvements for January 2020 (this is something that happened on Windows 10 as well, as all cumulative updates include mostly security fixes). Enterprise customers will still be able to receive security support until 2023 if they sign-up for Extended Security Updates (ESU), which is still available. On October 13, 2013, Microsoft discontinued the sale of Windows 7, which was first released in 2009. Here's how you can get it. However, the company tells us the promotion has long since shuttered and is no longer to anyone hoping to upgrade. However, the good news is that Edge Chromium will be available for Windows 7. While the free upgrade to Windows 10 program ostensibly ended a few years ago, there's still a way to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Say what you will about Windows 10, the update provides any number of security features and performance enhancements that you'll want to take advantage of sooner rather than later. "It doesn't work for everyone, but if you read the comments online many people say it is still working", Saltzman said. Existence of the browser first came to light in May previous year and will officially replace the current Edge browser that comes with Windows. "Your PC will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft".

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