Microsoft patched all of its currently supported systems to fix the flaw back in March, but now there's an update available for unsupported systems too, including Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003, which you can grab here (note: if that link isn't working then there are direct download links available in the Security blog post).Of course, for home users, if you're still running one of those old operating systems then yes, you should patch immediately -- and follow up with an upgrade to something current.
If you are longing to try Windows 8.1, you can now learn from other people's lessons and upgrade safely!
Once a month on Patch Tuesday, Microsoft releases cumulative updates to all Windows users.
On newer versions like Windows Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10, the March update tagged MS17-010 addresses the vulnerability it's exploiting (that was revealed earlier this year by "The Shadow Brokers" when they leaked a stolen cache of NSA tools).
While it's not confirmed how the initial infections occurred, it's believed the trojan horse was spread by email phishing links that drop the "Eternal Blue" exploit released by The Shadow Brokers, as well as the Wanna Crypt malware variant.
Should you avoid the upgrade, we can take a trip to the Windows end of life page to see how long other versions will keep kicking.
Windows 8.1 will be in mainstream support until January 2018, and will continue to receive security updates in extended support until January 2023.
In case you’re not sure, check which version of Windows you’re running before we start, so you’ll know which section applies to you. You’re already running Microsoft’s latest and greatest OS.
According to them, Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows BASH shell, complete with a Linux sub-system, is coming to Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update this summer.
Microsoft officially ended its support for most Windows XP computers back in 2014, but today it's delivering one more public patch for the 16-year-old OS.