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Microsoft fix for critical Wi-Fi vulnerability: urgent update

Microsoft releases critical security updates to protect Windows devices

Microsoft has released security updates to address a serious vulnerability (CVE-2024-30078) in Windows Wi-Fi drivers, which allowed remote attacks via public Wi-Fi networks. It is critical to update systems immediately to prevent security risks.

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Recently, Microsoft released monthly security updates for Windows, addressing various vulnerabilities, including one particularly concerning one. Identified as CVE-2024-30078, this flaw allowed Windows devices to be compromised by sending malicious network packets over public Wi-Fi networks. The vulnerability, present in Windows Wi-Fi drivers, was rated by Microsoft with a CVSS severity score of 8.8 out of 10. An unauthenticated attacker could exploit this flaw to execute remote code on a vulnerable system using a card Wi-Fi network, simply by sending a specially packaged network packet.

Implications for the security of public Wi-Fi networks

This type of vulnerability poses a serious risk in environments with public access to Wi-Fi networks, such as airports, bars, hotels, and even offices. Hackers could easily inject malware, spyware, or other malicious payloads onto victims' computers by being in close proximity and using the same Wi-Fi network. While claiming that exploitation of this weakness is "unlikely," Microsoft emphasizes the importance of the update. Cybersecurity experts, however, believe that given the severity and potential impact on systems, the vulnerability will likely attract the attention of malicious actors.

Importance of timely updates

To mitigate the risks associated with this vulnerability, it is essential that all vulnerable systems are patched immediately. The patch for CVE-2024-30078 was released on June 11, marking Patch Tuesday in June 2024. Users who have postponed updates should proceed with patching without further delay, especially on frequently used devices in mobility on public networks, such as company notebooks. Ensuring that systems are updated is essential to protect data and prevent possible cyber attacks.

Other vulnerabilities fixed in June 2024 patch tuesday

In addition to the Wi-Fi vulnerability, Microsoft addressed other significant security issues in June 2024 Patch Tuesday. These include CVE-2024-30080, a critical remote code execution bug in Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ), rated with a CVSS score of 9.8 out of 10. This bug could allow an unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code by sending a malicious MSMQ packet to a vulnerable system. Additionally, a patch was released for a publicly known vulnerability in DNSSEC implementations (CVE-2023-50868), which could be exploited to exhaust a vulnerable system's CPU resources, causing a denial of service. These fixes further highlight the importance of keeping systems updated to protect data integrity and the overall security of IT infrastructures.

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06/20/2024 21:33

Marco Verro

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