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Windows 7 Users: How to Protect Yourself from the BlueKeep Vulnerability

For Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 / R2 users: you have two choices when it comes to patching the system. You either download the 'monthly rollup' or the 'security only' update. Either is fine, though the 'security only' update is smaller compared to the 'monthly rollup' (80mb vs 300mb, approximately).Both options are available here. If you are running Windows 7 now and you have Windows Update set to automatic, you likely already have the patch installed.

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The test shows that this exploit can be successfully used. By default, the BlueKeep module of Metasploit only checks whether the target and its operating system version are vulnerable. Currently, instead of launching attacks automatically, this exploit requires users to manually configure target details prior to further exploitation. If the module does not provide proper configuration parameters during exploitation, this could lead to the blue screen of death (BSoD) to the target host. Currently, hackers have scanned vulnerable devices on a large scale, possibly hitting vulnerable hosts in batches. Therefore, users are strongly recommended to check their assets and immediately download patches for affected devices or take other measures to avoid related threats.

Considering the high risk level of this vulnerability, Microsoft has also released security updates to fix this vulnerability in versions for which official support is no longer available to fix this vulnerability. Currently, the exploit of this vulnerability has been made public, and therefore affected users are advised to download and install patches as soon as possible.

In May 2016, Microsoft released a "Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1," which contains all patches released between the release of SP1 and April 2016. The rollup is not available via Windows Update, and must be downloaded manually. This package can also be integrated into a Windows 7 installation image.[153]

It is important that affected systems are patched as quickly as possible because of the elevated risks associated with wormable vulnerabilities like these, and downloads for these can be found in the Microsoft Security Update Guide.


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