This is an important technology alert concerning outdated or unpatched versions of Microsoft Windows.
Computer systems running outdated or unpatched versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems may be vulnerable to a bug that can be remotely exploited to gain control of an affected system.
This vulnerability was patched by Microsoft in March, 2017 (MS17-010) for supported versions of their operating systems, including:
Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10 Version 1607 and Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 10 Version 1511.
Systems that did not receive this update, or that are no longer supported by Microsoft – including Windows Server 2003, Windows 8, and Windows XP – are vulnerable. Note that in response to the global “WannaCry” ransomware attack, Microsoft has taken the unusual step of releasing patches for these outdated platforms. These systems should be patched or upgraded immediately.
Additional information and links to the patches can be found here:
Microsoft’s statement and guidance regarding WannaCrypt.
You may also refer to the US-CERT Intel Vulnerability and the CERT Vulnerability Notes pages.
Vector Security is in the process of notifying and assisting customers known to be affected, but if you have questions or concerns, please contact your local representative or our corporate office.
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