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Cost of a Windows zero-day exploit? This one goes for US$90,000

Lucian Constantin | June 2, 2016
The exploit supposedly allows hackers to gain system privileges on a Windows system once they have code execution capabilities.

Microsoft recommends customers use Windows 10 and the Edge browser for the best protection, and the company's standard policy to update software during its regular Update Tuesday schedule, the company said.

If the exploit seller's claims are accurate, it's hard to defend against this exploit, especially since a demo video shows the exploit successfully bypassing all the protections enforced by Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET).

That said, users should make sure that they take the common precautions like keeping their software up-to-date and running a capable security product. This could break a different link in a potential attack chain, such as a remote code execution exploit needed to gain access to the system in the first place.


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