A major flaw in the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system code discovered the United States National Security Agency (NSA).
The error exposes its users to violations, surveillance or significant interruptions, The Washington Post reported.
The company issued on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 a patch to solve the vulnerability of the software, which is the most popular in business and government.
Users who have already installed the update or have automatic updates enabled are already protected. As always, we encourage customers to install all security updates as soon as possible, Microsoft senior director Jeff Jones said in a statement.
Unfortunately for the company domiciled in Redmond, the news about the vulnerability coincides with the end of support for Windows 7, which has left the questioned Windows 10 as the only operating system in its catalog.
The media stressed that public disclosure represents a major change in the NSA's approach, as it has chosen to privilege computer security before building its arsenal of pirate tools that will allow it to spy on its adversaries' networks.
The highest authority of the Directorate of Cybersecurity of the NSA, Anne Neuberger, explained that the measure aimed at collaboration and trust building.
“Congratulations to the NSA for voluntarily informing Microsoft. This is the kind of (vulnerabilities) that I am sure that the (NSA hackers) would have loved to use in the coming years, ”commented computer security expert Dmitri Alperovitch.
The situation was compared by The Washington Post with the case of EternalBlue, an exploit allegedly developed by the NSA that the agency used for spying purposes for a period close to five years, guilty of the global attack with the WannaCry ransomware.