High Severity Alert: CERT-in Warns Windows 10 and 11 Users of Critical Vulnerability

In a significant cybersecurity development, the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) has issued a warning to Windows 10 and Windows 11 users, highlighting a critical vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows Kernel. The severity of this flaw is classified as ‘high,’ posing a potential risk of elevated access for attackers on the targeted devices.

Understanding the Vulnerability:

CERT-in, reporting to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), has identified the vulnerability in both 32-bit and x64-based computers. The flaw stems from an issue in the Microsoft Windows Kernel component, making it a matter of concern for users of both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Exploitation and Risk:

“To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would first have to log on to the system, then he could exploit this vulnerability by sending a specially crafted application, taking control of an affected system,” states CERT-In. The successful exploitation of this vulnerability could potentially grant the attacker system rights on the target system, raising the severity level of the issue.

Immediate Action Recommended:

CERT-In emphasizes that the vulnerability is actively being exploited in the wild, necessitating prompt action from users. The cybersecurity organization advises users to apply the updates released by Microsoft at the earliest to safeguard their systems. Microsoft has already rolled out a security fix to address this vulnerability and protect users from potential exploits.

Recent Security Concerns:

This alert follows recent findings by CERT-in, where security flaws were identified in the Google Chrome operating system and the Microsoft Edge web browser. These vulnerabilities, if exploited by a remote attacker, could compromise security measures and gain unauthorized access to user data in Chrome OS. Additionally, malicious code execution in Microsoft Edge was also identified as a potential risk, further highlighting the importance of staying vigilant against evolving cyber threats.

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, staying informed and promptly applying security updates remains a crucial aspect of protecting personal and organizational digital assets.

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