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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is incredibly secure

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Although not patches for two zero-day exploits, Windows 10 Anniversary Update machines were shielded from them, proving the excellent level of security achieved by this version of Microsoft's operating system.

Windows 7-driven machines slowly become obsolete when it comes to the security provided by their operating system and Microsoft's Windows Defender security team has just discovered that Windows 10 Anniversary Update, on the other hand, can shield its users even from yet-to-be-patched zero-day exploits.

The two exploits mentioned above are CVE-2016-7255, one piece of viral code that has been used to target US organizations back in October by the Fancy Bear hackers, and CVE-2016-7256, used against South Korea. Both were patches by Microsoft in November. According to Microsoft's Windows Defender ATP Research Team, "We saw how exploit-mitigation techniques in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which was released months before these zero-day attacks, managed to neutralize not only the specific exploits but also their exploit methods."

Windows 10 Anniversary Update comes with protection from multiple threats included, while older versions need to have the exploit-mitigation toolset EMET installed to have any hopes in a fight with exploits, trojans, and other similar pieces of code. ZDNet highlights that "Microsoft plans to reveal more exploit-mitigation features in the forthcoming Windows 10 Creators Update," but there is still some time left until it arrives. This next major update for Microsoft's operating system is expected to arrive this spring. 


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-16 (Update: 2017-01-17)