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Important: Microsoft Windows Security Vulnerability

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This alert is about a new computer flaw, identified by Microsoft as CVE-2019-0708, that affects some older versions of Microsoft Windows. The flaw could affect your own computer systems or your clients’.

Vulnerable systems at risk include Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, and Windows XP. The flaw is believed to potentially affect more than one million devices.

If you or your clients use any of these operating systems, the vulnerability may pose a significant risk to computer systems. The vulnerability could propagate from computer to computer by replicating copies of itself with no need for a host program or human interaction. A good example of a similar vulnerability is the WannaCry malware that spread across the globe in 2017, infecting more than 200,000 computers in a couple of days.

Recommended action

Microsoft has released an update that fixes the vulnerability and strongly advises updating all affected systems as soon as possible.

You and your clients can find more information and download the security update from Microsoft’s website.

If you are uncomfortable clicking on the link, just enter the term ‘Microsoft CVE-2019-0708’ on your preferred web browser.

Emergence is committed to helping our brokers and their clients reduce their cyber risk, so we strongly recommend you share this communication.

If your clients have any questions about the vulnerability or how to apply the update, they should contact their preferred IT service provider.

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