Windows 7 exploit is getting through the best of Microsoft’s defenses

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

According to the researchers from FireEye, a California-based security firm, the Angler browser exploit kit is now able to get past two of Microsoft’s strongest defenses, data execution prevention and Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit.

Angler is a malware bundle that is used by online hackers to penetrate web browsers and compromise computer, with data execution prevention and the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit as two of the best tools used to improve Windows security.

According to FireEye, the bypass was observed on a computer running Windows 7 with the Adobe Flash Player or Microsoft Silverlight plug-in activated. For now, we’re not sure if this exploit bypasses the security on the computers running on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

These kinds of exploits are secretly embedded in hijacked or malicious websites and all kind of ads attacking all visiting web browsers. These websites check for the browser you are using and the kinds of plugins you activated between the two we’ve mentioned above, and refine the malware so that it can pass your Windows security. Once the exploit is installed on your Windows 7 PC, it loads all sorts of malware, Trojans and other viruses in order to steal important data.

Until a fix is released for this exploit, you can make sure that your computer doesn’t get infected by disabling Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash Player from your web browser.

Adobe currently updates its Flash Player pretty often, so we’re sure that it will release a fix for this exploit soon.

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