NSA Detects Major Microsoft Windows Flaw: What It Means

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A major Microsoft crypto-spoofing bug impacting Windows 10 made waves this Patch Tuesday, particularly as the flaw was found and reported by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

Microsoft's January Patch Tuesday security bulletin disclosed the "important"-severity vulnerability, which could allow an attacker to spoof a code-signing certificate, vital to validating executable programs in Windows, and make it appear as if an application was from a trusted source.

Threatpost talked to Pratik Savla, senior security engineer at Venafi, about the vulnerability, whether the hype around the flaw was warranted, and what the disclosure means for the NSA.

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