November 12, 2014 / 2:48 PM / in 3 years

Microsoft fixes 19-year-old Windows bug

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp issued patches on Tuesday to fix a bug in its Windows operating system that remained undiscovered for 19 years.

A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in Taipei June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

The bug, which is present in every version of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onward, allows an attacker to remotely take over and control a computer. (bit.ly/1x9NvUV)

IBM Corp's cybersecurity research team discovered the bug in May, describing it as a "significant vulnerability" in the operating system. (ibm.co/10VIu44)

“The buggy code is at least 19 years old and has been remotely exploitable for the past 18 years,” IBM X-Force research team said in its blog on Tuesday.

Reporting by Soham Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

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