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Security flaw in network software makes 100,000 computers vulnerable to ransomware

Security flaw in network software makes 100,000 computers vulnerable to ransomware

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A new security flaw discovered in widely used networking software makes tens of thousands of computers vulnerable to a ransomware attack that is similar to WannaCry.

That say security researchers Thursday against Reuters. It is a vulnerability in the free network software Samba, that was developed for Linux and Unix.

Through the leak can cause an infected computer to be taken over. It can also be used to have the malware quickly spread on various computers, just like WannaCry did that.

According to security office Rapid7, there are in any case more than 100,000 computers that unsafe versions of Samba, but can that number be much higher. Most of the computers have a older version of the software installed, in which the leak is not a poem can be, says Brown. Most of the computers of private individuals, but some are also in the property of organisations and companies.

No abuse

So far there are no indications that there is abuse of the vulnerability since this has been communicated, says Rebekah Brown of Rapid7. It is, however, quite easily. It would be researchers only fifteen minutes have cost, to malware, to develop the vulnerability abused.

The U.s. Department of Homeland Security calls on users to update the software, to protect against the leak.

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