The latest security hole in the Windows Print spooler service is called PrintNightmare flaw. It is a remotely exploitable vulnerability affecting all versions of Microsoft Windows.
Hackers keep upgrading themselves, finding new ways to break into your computers. The PrintNightmare flaw is the latest trick used by hackers to break into Windows computers. In this article will you understand how to stay safe from PrintNightmare flaw?
What is PrintNightmare flaw?
PrintNightmare flaw is a vulnerability that can be exploited remotely by bad actors after gaining system-level privileges. This enables them to install programs on victim’s computers, delete or change data and create new accounts with full user rights.
How to stay safe from PrintNightmare flaw?
Microsoft has advised all its users to disable Print Spooler to deactivate local and remote printing to prevent hackers from getting in. Further users can also disable the inbound remote printing capability through Group Policy.
Microsoft has also released an emergency patch to address a critical flaw in the Windows Print Spooler service that bad actors are actively exploiting.
How to Update your PC with the latest Windows patch
The best solution to protect yourself against the PrintNightmare flaw is to update your PC with the latest Windows patch.
- Click the Start Menu
- Tap Settings
- Click Update & Security > Windows Update. Download the updates available. Else click to Check for Updates to force the process.
Download 2021-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 20H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5004945). Once the system is updated you are good to go.