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CERT-In issues critical security advisory for Microsoft products

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued a critical security warning highlighting potential vulnerabilities that could affect both individuals and organisations. CERT-In, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, says that multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Microsoft products, including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Dynamic, Bing browser, Microsoft Developer tools, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft apps.

CERT-In says various vulnerabilities have been discovered in Microsoft products, potentially enabling attackers to elevate their privileges, access sensitive data, execute remote code, bypass security controls, carry out spoofing and tampering attacks, or trigger denial-of-service conditions. “Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Microsoft Products, which could allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges, obtain sensitive information, conduct remote code execution attacks, bypass security restrictions, conduct spoofing attacks, conduct tampering attacks, or cause denial of service conditions,” the CERT-In website reads.

The vulnerabilities identified by CERT-In typically affect widely used software and hardware systems. These can range from operating systems, web browsers, and applications to network infrastructure devices. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities can result in significant security breaches, including data theft, financial loss, and unauthorised system access.

To mitigate these risks, there are a few measures that you can take on a regular basis:

Regular software updates
Ensure that all software, including operating systems, applications, and security software, are updated regularly. Software updates often include patches for security vulnerabilities.

Strong, unique passwords
Use strong, unique passwords for all accounts and change them regularly. Avoid using easily guessable information and consider using a reputable password manager to keep track of your passwords securely.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
Activate 2FA wherever possible. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring not just a password but also a second form of verification, such as a code sent to your phone.

Be cautious with emails and links
Beware of phishing emails and suspicious links. Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or untrusted sources.

Install and maintain antivirus software
Use comprehensive antivirus software to detect and remove malware. Ensure that it is always up to date to protect against the latest threats.

Backup data regularly
Regularly backup important data to an external drive or cloud service. This can help recover data in the event of a ransomware attack or other data loss incidents.

Monitor accounts and systems
Regularly review account statements and system logs for any unusual activity. Early detection of suspicious activities can prevent more severe breaches.

Secure network devices
Ensure that all network devices, such as routers and firewalls, are securely configured and regularly updated. Change default passwords and disable unnecessary services. India Today

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