Windows 10 April 2018 Update bug kills SMBv1 protocol

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read
SMBv1 windows 10 bug

Another day, another novelty found in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. This time it’s about disabling the SMBv1 protocol and blocking it from being re-enabled. Microsoft has been wanting users to move away from the SMBvi protocol that dates many years back, and that was exploited by Wannacry a while ago. The tech giant kept encouraging its users to upgrade to a more recent version of it or simply find an alternative.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update removed SMBv1

Microsoft took action a while ago with its Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that removed the protocol from the default installations. To be more precise, anyone who installed the feature but did not use it for 15 days would then find that it became disabled for the once more.

Now, it seems that the complete blocking of this protocol when installing Windows 10 April Update managed to upset lots of users because it looks like there are still people who need to use it. Some users were successful in disabling Windows Defender, but as you can imagine this is not quite the ideal solution.

Microsoft tells users to move on from SMBv1

Microsoft’s efforts to get users to move on from this vulnerability is an action that should be applauded, but on the other hand, if users want to still use the protocol even if it’s threatening their computer’s security, they should be allowed to do so. But as we said, this is a two-sided thing as this bug managed to force users who can move on from the protocol to do so and avoid any security problems.

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