Microsoft releases an interim patch for Windows 7

Mar

30

2018

and Server 2008 R2
Microsoft has released a patch that fixes vulnerabilities in the x64-based versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It concerns the leaks that Microsoft introduced in, among other things, the Meltdown updates of January and February.

Microsoft reports that the kernel update with the designation CVE-2018-1038 fixes a vulnerability with increasing user rights on Windows 7 x64 and Server 2008 R2 x64. It is a leak that systems have to deal with if they have implemented an update in or after January.

Microsoft lists the updates that have introduced the vulnerability and includes the security updates that prevent Meltdown and the update that should prevent the problems of AMD systems with that Meltdown patch.

The vulnerability in Windows 7 x64 and Server 2008 R2 x64 came to light this week. It turned out to be possible to read out the memory and to describe it with rights at user level. Microsoft would have closed the leak in the March update according to the discoverer, but it appears from the list that Microsoft publishes now that this was not the case. In addition, the March update caused problems that many users may have skipped.

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