Microsoft Hardens Latest Windows Version Against Hackers
Microsoft has fortified the latest version of Windows to make it more secure than previous editions, but the strongest protections will be available only to those willing to pay a steep price for them.
Windows 10 Anniversary Update has introduced many mitigation techniques in core Windows components and the Microsoft Edge browser, helping protect customers from entire classes of exploits for very recent and even undisclosed vulnerabilities, Matt Oh and Elia Florio of Microsoft’s Windows Defender ATP Research Team wrote in an online post last week.
Countering unidentified vulnerabilities — also known as “zero day” vulnerabilities — is particularly important because they are a powerful tool used to penetrate systems and steal data by attackers, especially those working for nation-states.
Rather than focus on a single vulnerability, Microsoft is focusing on mitigation techniques that counter classes of exploits, Oh and Florio explained.
“As a result, these mitigation techniques are significantly reducing attack surfaces that would have been available to future Zero-Day exploits,” they wrote.