Windows Defender Had a Huge 12-Year-Old Security Exploit

/ 2 years ago
Windows Defender

First introduced with the launch of Windows 7, Defender has largely proven to be a pretty decent bit of integrated virus protection for all versions of the operating system released since. Is it perfect? No. However, for most users presuming you don’t download or click anything mildly dubious, it does its job calmly, quietly, and without bothering you or your system’s performance. However, it seems that ever since Windows Defender came out, a pretty huge flaw has existed within the software. – Don’t panic though, it has just been fixed!

Windows Defender

Coming in a report via TechSpot, the flaw was discovered by security researchers SentinelOne last November, and, in something more than a little worrying, it could potentially allow hackers to overwrite files or even execute malicious coding on your PC. Somewhat ironic considering that Windows Defender is, after all, software designed to (sort of) prevent this kind of activity.

There are, however, two pieces of good news regarding this. Firstly, it isn’t believed that during this 12 year period of time that anyone malicious was aware of this bug. Secondly, it’s already been fixed following the latest security update.

hacking hack cyberattack security

This Isn’t Unusual!

Even though this bug has existed in Windows Defender for 12 years, a discovery such as this honestly isn’t that unusual. It basically boils down to the fact that while it’s always been there, it clearly didn’t leave many clues and, quite frankly, there are probably lots of other issues similar to this in many programs that simply haven’t been found yet.

As above though, while clearly representing quite a significant flaw, at least it was never apparently found and, more so, it’s already been fixed.

What do you think? Do you use Windows Defender or do you prefer another form of anti-virus protection? – Let us know in the comments!

Topics: , , , , , , ,


By supporting eTeknix, you help us grow and continue to bring you the latest newsreviews, and competitions. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest technology news, reviews and more. Share your favourite articles, chat with the team and more. Also check out eTeknix YouTube, where you'll find our latest video reviews, event coverage and features in 4K!

Looking for more exciting features on the latest technology? Check out our What We Know So Far section or our Fun Reads for some interesting original features.

eTeknix Facebook eTeknix Twitter eTeknix Instagram eTeknix Instagram
  • Be Social With eTeknix

    Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Reddit RSS Discord Patreon TikTok Twitch
  • Features

Send this to a friend