On Tuesday, the U.S. government issued a patch that will let a hacker remotely execute malicious code on a computer or network, bypassing any security protections.
The patch, available for download here, was created by researchers at Trend Micro.
It will not affect existing versions of the software that are being used in the wild.
The company said that it had received a number of questions from users asking about how to use the exploit tool, and what precautions to take.
The company says that users should:Use an up-to-date version of Windows (7 or higher) and/or the latest version of Microsoft’s Anti-Virus software.
Use a firewall or other security-related security protection.
Disable the software, including the firewall itself, from opening ports that the exploit could access.
Check the firewall rules before opening a port, and then run the exploit command to test that it will work.
If the exploit does not work, restart the computer or turn off the network.
The vulnerability is not a problem for the vast majority of users, but some may need to change their systems or add extra protection in order to protect their systems.
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