Microsoft Issues Emergency Patches to Address Critical “PrintNightmare” Vulnerability

Microsoft Issues Emergency Patches to Address Critical “PrintNightmare” Vulnerability

 Microsoft has released emergency patches to fix a critical flaw impacting the Windows Print Spooler service.  The vulnerability is called “PrintNightmare” and it can give access to bad guys to remotely execute malicious codes on the victim’s system with system-level privileges, thus enabling them to install, change, steal data and make a new account with full user rights.  


The tech giant notified its users that the vulnerability can affect all versions of Windows. Microsoft has issued patches for several Windows servers, Windows 8, Windows 10, and even Windows 7(though its security update ended last year in January). To prevent hackers to enter the system, the company has advised disabling the print spooler to deactivate local and remote printing. 


Microsoft recommends installing these updates immediately and notifies that “the security updates released on and after July 6, 2021, contain protections for CVE-2021-1675 and the additional remote code execution exploit in the Windows Print Spooler service known as “PrintNightmare”, documented in CVE-2021-34527.” 


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