There has been a
report of Windows 7 Zero Day vulnerability that could cause PCs to
Microsoft is investigating a reported vulnerability in it's recently released
Windows 7 operating system, that also could effect Windows Server 2008 R2.
There should be a Windows 7 update to this Zero Day exploit soon, and users
should, as always, keep their Operating System up to date.
Zero Day: Zero Day refers
to exploits, vulnerabilities and other risks that exist, but a repair has not
yet been implemented.
At any time there may exist any number of security risks. When first
discovered such risks are referred to as Zero Day up until the time they are
With the release of such a large piece of software such as Windows 7, and the
large number of users, Zero Day risks are a possibility.
Although it is thought that this particular Zero Day risk is not especially
harmful, the way that information about the risk was handle has been contentious in
that the risk could become worse.
Information pertaining to the risk has been published on a blog, for all the
world to see. This potentially allows hackers exploit the vulnerability,
before it is patched.
This may further compound the risk to the zero day vulnerability.
However one of the upsides could be a greater awareness of the potential for
Zero Day risks which could also make user more aware of the need to keep Windows 7
up to date.
Whatever the pros and cons of the release of the information, we always
recommend that all software, not just Operating Systems such as Windows, be kept up
to date. This is especially so for security patches.