DHS CISA orders Federal agencies to patch serious Windows flaw

“A serious flaw in Microsoft Windows could leave federal government servers open to hackers and needs to be patched by midnight on Sept. 21, said a warning from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”

“The vulnerability affects core authentication capabilities, CISA warned in an Sept. 18 emergency directive. Failure to patch could permit unauthorized attackers to access and take over domain controllers’ identity services.”

“The warning cites the ‘widespread presence of the affected domain controllers across the federal enterprise’ and the ‘high potential for a compromise of agency information systems.’”

“The vulnerability, Microsoft said in an August notice on the problem, could allow an attacker to elevate their domain privileges within the network without authentications, once they get inside.”

“If an unauthorized attacker gets control of the identity capabilities at one agency, said CISA, the access could be used to compromise other federal networks…” Read the full article here.

Source: CISA orders agencies to patch dire Window flaw – By Mark Rockwell, September 21, 2020. FCW.

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