Microsoft has announced a vulnerability found in older versions of its Windows Operating Systems. The affected systems include Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows XP, and Server 2008.

This unusual step for Microsoft, patching outdated systems, really hints at the severity of the uncovered vulnerability.

Microsoft announced the bug on Tuesday in a blog post saying “future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe.”

This vulnerability is being compared to the WannaCry worm that corrupted 200,000 systems just two years ago. Microsoft has said that they haven’t seen an example of anyone capitalizing on this vulnerability but considers it “highly likely”.

While normally Microsoft wouldn’t issue updates for the affected obsolete systems, it has rolled out patches to secure this vulnerability.

Windows 8 and 10 users are unaffected.

What we are doing about it:

ITonDemand is approving the patches from Microsoft and will be sending them out to our user’s machines. It is also important to make the transition from outdated systems, such as Windows 7, to Windows 10.


Download our infographic and learn how to identify a phishing scam when you see one.

Other Articles You Might Be Interested In:

Office365 is not a Disaster Recovery Plan

Office365 is not a Disaster Recovery Plan

Disaster recovery plans are vital, not just important. Data becomes lost, deleted, purged, corrupted, all the time. Without that measure in place, data is truly lost. There does seem to be confusion on what constitutes a Disaster Recovery plan, however. While many...

read more
Data Backups and Disaster Recovery

Data Backups and Disaster Recovery

Data backup is a critical part of an organization’s overall disaster recovery plan. The concept of data backup is simple: you make copies of your data and store them in a different location in case data is lost or destroyed.

read more

Founded in 1999, ITonDemand helps businesses and associations across the US achieve growth by guiding and supporting IT infrastructure and providing cybersecurity management. ITonDemand’s Core Solution and Security+ have been recognized among both Managed Services and Cybersecurity Providers as a member of the MSP Pioneer 250 and the Top 200 MSSPs.

1423 Powhatan St, Alexandria, VA 22314

233 SW 3rd St, Ocala, FL 34471