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Google security researcher reportedly discovers 'crazy bad' vulnerability in Windows

09 May 2017

Ormandy didn't reveal any specific of the exploit yet and details about the issue are scarce.

Over the past year, Google has in addition released information on a number of Windows bugs before Microsoft had a patch ready, and a vulnerability which can automatically spread from PC to PC without user intervention would be particularly serious.

Google Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy has a long legacy of finding unknown, critical software vulnerabilities to his credit.

Over the weekend, Google's Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy tweeted about discovering what he referred to as "the worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory".

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The update addresses a vulnerability that could allow remote code execution if the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine scans a specially crafted file.

Project Zero researchers find security issues and report them to Microsoft to fix within 90 days before Google goes public with the detailed information.

Ormandy did not reveal anything else at the time understandably, as to give Microsoft time to fix the scripting engine memory corruption vulnerability after it was reported privately.

With such power, they have complete control to install or delete programs, steal information, create new accounts with full user rights and download additional malware.

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Project Zero has been at the center of a number of high-profile disclosures. He also said the attack is "wormable".

The expert has not shared any details, but he has clarified that their exploit works against default Windows installations, and the attacker does not need to be on the same local area network as the victim.

Microsoft says there have been no reports of the issue being exploited in the wild.

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