Windows 7 now a security risk

Ruben Fields
January 20, 2020

Microsoft suggested as a workaround that users restrict address to the JScript.dll file that provides the scripting engine functionality.

Notably, the version of Windows officially reached the end of support on January 15. But Microsoft wasn't enough, she continues to remind the users of Windows 7 on the need to upgrade another unpleasant notifications.

Of the four highly critical vulnerabilities, one of them allows a potential cyberattacker to decrypt confidential information on affected user connections by conducting a "man-in-the-middle" attack - an unauthorized interception of communication between two systems.

According to Anne Neuberger, director of NSA's Cybersecurity Directorate, last Tuesday, organizations, and companies running Windows 10 should implement the patch immediately. "We recommend that you don't install Windows 10 on an older device, as some Windows 7 devices are not compatible with Windows 10 or could experience reduced feature availability". While Enterprise and business customers may extend support by up to three years, it is no longer supported for Home users and customers who don't purchase support extensions.

Microsoft has confirmed that hackers are now using a security flaw that affects Internet Explorer, but that it has no immediate plans to fix it. Which is about as risky as it gets, as that attacker could create new accounts, install malware, view and alter data and so on.

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Microsoft released software to fix 49 vulnerabilities as part of their update. This, despite Microsoft effectively hammering nails into the IE coffin when it chose Edge as the default browser for Windows 10.

It's worth noting that if you have Windows 7 installed then it's unlikely that this update will ever be made available for you device. In fact, attackers were already taking advantage of the vulnerability to launch "limited targeted attacks" on Windows machines.

Microsoft, through an advisory post, has mentioned an RCE (Remote Code Execution) vulnerability exists in Internet Explorer.

Considering the high risks associated with this newly discovered vulnerability, Windows 7 users should switch to the new Edge as soon as possible.

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