tech2 News Staff Mar 30, 2018 12:26:08 IST
Software giant Microsoft has issued a new emergency security update to finally fix the Meltdown bug on systems running Windows 7 and Server 2008 operating systems.
This is not the first time that the company has issued an update to fix the bug in these OS versions. The company initially issued the update back in January and February, weeks after the Meltdown bug was discovered.
However, the initial patch opened a serious bug in the operating system that allowed users and regular apps to extract passwords from the memory of the operating system and even “access or modify any part of physical RAM”.
What was worse about it was that the patch allowed anyone who knew what they were doing to take full control of the system with all the updates installed. As reported by The Register, Microsoft also issued an update in March to fix the security hole but it did not fix the problem entirely.
According to the report, users can download and install the update CVE-2018-1038 to fix the remaining problem. It is quite odd to see a patch being released for a patch that was released in March to fix the original patch that was released in January and February.
We can probably cut some slack to the developers at Microsoft as the level of coding skills required to fix issues in the kernel of an operating system are quite high.
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