A new update for the Windows 10 Mobile operating system on Windows phone smartphones, named the KB4522811 Update, just finished rolling out to those true believers with their handsets still powered on.
This latest update brings the operating system to OS Build 15254.597 and features several security-focused changes. Here’s the official list if improvements from the release notes:
- Addresses an issue that causes events that are based on Windows Defender Application Control Code Integrity to be unreadable.
- Provides protections against the Intel® Processor Machine Check Error vulnerability (CVE-2018-12207). Use the registry setting as described in the Guidance KB article. (This registry setting is disabled by default.)
- Provides protections against the Intel® Transactional Synchronization Extensions (Intel® TSX) Transaction Asynchronous Abort vulnerability (CVE-2019-11135). Use the registry settings as described in the Windows Client article. (These registry settings are enabled by default for Windows Client OS editions.)
- Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Internet Explorer, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Microsoft Edge, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Linux, Windows Kernel, Windows Datacenter Networking, Windows Peripherals, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.
While it’s always a joy to see an update come to Windows 10 Mobile, it’s important to remind users that support for the platform is ending in less than a month of December 10th. After this date, Microsoft will no longer be adding security updates for Windows phones and user data may become vulnerable.
Those who haven’t yet are highly encouraged to begin their switch to another smartphone system. Grabbing a cheap Android phone could be a good temporary fix for those who are planning on picking up the upcoming Microsoft Duo dual-screen smartphone which, unfortunately, will be running Android instead of a version of Microsoft’s own Windows 10.
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