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Microsoft drops emergency security update across all versions of Windows


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It’s just over a week until Microsoft begins sending Windows 10 out into the wild, but before that the company is taking care of some pretty serious business with the current versions of its operating system.

Redmond pushed out a "critical" security update on Monday, for all supported versions of Windows, including the Windows 10 previews.

According to a Microsoft statement, the update resolves a vulnerability that could allow remote access and code execution.

The firm says (via The Next Web): “This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted document or visits an untrusted webpage that contains embedded OpenType fonts.”

Embedded OpenType fonts were developed by Microsoft and Adobe and are available freely online.

The company added that the “security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library handles OpenType fonts.”

See more: Windows 10 Features: What's New?

Microsoft says there’s no evidence of the vulnerability being exploited as yet, but now its existence is out in the open, Windows users should update their software as soon as possible.

Those with automatic updates available on Vista, Windows 7 or the Windows 10 previews will not need to take any action, but others should check their software updates portal as soon as possible.


July 21, 2015, 8:44 am

Surely if you "drop" an update, you get rid of it? Can TR please stop using Americanised terms?

"Outs" is another one. It is a North American term. Do the 'journalists' of this website not realise how silly it reads when they type 'Company x outs device y'?

This website has really gone downhill with lazy journalism and clickbait articles.


July 21, 2015, 9:29 am

Yes, I read it as they have stopped sending emergency updates, which was confusing as I never remembered having an update marked 'emergency', they are just 'important', 'recommended' or 'optional'. This morning's was 'important'. It was the only one listed in history since last week and, contrary to the report, I did have to take action.


July 21, 2015, 12:59 pm

I agree with the other comments. I thought Microsoft had stopped some form of updating.

Why use 'drops' at all in this context?

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