After Windows 10 end of support in 2025, a huge number of PCs will not be able to upgrade to Windows 11.
In less than four years, when Windows 10 turns ten, Microsoft will end support. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as the end of support date is set in accordance with Modern life cycle policy (Modern Lifecycle Policy) Microsoft and indicated on the Microsoft Lifecycle page: “Microsoft will continue to support at least one semi-annual Windows 10 channel until October 14, 2025.”
After the specified period, the OS will continue to operate as usual, but will no longer receive any security or functional updates. In this regard, the company recommends switching to newer versions. However, problems can arise here. If after the end of the support period for Windows XP and Windows 7, Microsoft could solve the problem of updates by convincing its users to upgrade to newer versions of the OS, then with Windows 10 everything is not so simple.
The fact is that many users’ computers do not meet the requirements for installing Windows 11, and when mid-October 2025 arrives, they will have no chance of upgrading to the new version. These devices may not necessarily be old or perform poorly. Some excellently performing machines will only be a little over five years old, and users will not be willing or able to buy new ones. In this case, they will have little choice:
- Continue to work with an unsupported OS version and hope for the best;
- Install a non-Microsoft OS on the computer, for example, a Linux distribution;
- Ignore Microsoft’s warnings about potential compatibility issues and still try to install Windows 11;
- Still, throw out old equipment and buy new ones.
The first decision is not wise. The second option is unlikely, and not everyone will be able to afford the latter.
There remains only the third option, for which Microsoft even prepared a bulletin titled “Installing Windows 11 on devices that don’t meet minimum system requirements”. The bulletin reads as follows:
Installing Windows 11 on devices that do not meet the minimum system requirements is not recommended. If you choose to install Windows 11 on the wrong hardware, you must be aware of the risks associated with incompatibility issues.
Your device may not perform well due to compatibility issues or other issues. Devices that do not meet the system requirements are not guaranteed to receive updates, including security updates.
When installing Windows 11 on devices that do not meet the minimum system requirements, you receive the following notification :
“This PC does not meet the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11. These requirements help provide a more reliable and high-quality OS experience. Installing Windows 11 on this PC is not recommended and may cause compatibility issues. If you continue to install Windows 11, your The PC will no longer be supported and will not be able to receive updates. Damage to your PC due to compatibility issues is not covered by the manufacturer’s insurance. ”
Enterprise customers will be able to pay for extended support for Windows 10 to receive security updates, but small businesses and home users will not have this option. What should they do? In Microsoft’s bright dreams, they should all, of course, throw their old devices into the nearest trash heap and buy shiny new PCs at once, but those dreams are far from reality. Most users will continue to run an unsupported OS, endangering the entire PC ecosystem.
Anything that happens to a huge number of unsupported systems should be the responsibility of Microsoft, and its inaction is unacceptable.
Alternatively, the company could extend support for Windows 10 to devices that are not compatible with Windows 11. It already did so in the Windows XP era, and it would be fine now. Fortunately, Microsoft still has a few more years to make this decision.
Vulnerability found in the Apple M1 processor that cannot be closed programmatically
Specialists from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that they were able to develop a PACMAN attack technique, which is possible due to a hardware vulnerability in the Apple M1 processor. Moreover, it cannot be closed by software.
The attack itself is carried out using software and hardware, and it can be performed remotely. The PACMAN attack makes it possible to gain access to the kernel of the operating system. At the same time, potentially the same vulnerabilities can be in Qualcomm and Samsung processors, but this has not yet been confirmed.
The technical side of the attack is based on the Pointer Authentication function. It is used to check Pointer Authentication Codes (PACs), allowing only code-signed software to run. However, the PACMAN method allows you to select the necessary PAC values. In part, this technique is similar to Specter and Meltdown in Intel processors.
At the same time, Apple spokesman Scott Radcliffe said that the vulnerability does not pose an immediate threat to users and is not sufficient in itself to bypass operating system protections.
A few years ago, a vulnerability was already found in Arm processors that allows an attacker to gain unauthorized access to data.
So much for Unisoc. Companies have discovered a vulnerability in single-chip systems
Unisoc is actively capturing the market for single-chip systems, although it does so exclusively in the budget segment itself. However, it turned out that these platforms have a critical vulnerability.
According to the source, the problem is in the modem’s firmware and affects both 4G and 5G platforms. The vulnerability, numbered CVE-2022-20210, was discovered while scanning Non-Access Stratum (NAS) message handlers. This vulnerability could be used to neutralize or block the device’s cellular capabilities.
The vulnerability was first discovered in the Motorola Moto G20 smartphone based on the Unisoc T700 SoC. But in the end it turned out that the same vulnerability occurs in other platforms, however, the source did not provide a list.
The Check Point specialists who discovered the vulnerability notified Unisoc back in May, and the company has already released a fix, so smartphone owners should not worry now if they update the software of their devices.
New vulnerability in Microsoft Office is heavily exploited by hackers
A serious vulnerability has been found in the Microsoft Office suite that could potentially allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.
She was assigned the number CVE-2022-30190, and among the researchers they gave the name Follina. As noted in Kaspersky Lab, the most unpleasant thing is that there is no fix yet, and in the meantime, the vulnerability is already being actively exploited by attackers. Vulnerability CVE-2022-30190 threatens all operating systems of the Windows family, both regular and server.
While the update is being developed, experts recommend that all Windows users and administrators take advantage of temporary workarounds. As a Microsoft workaround recommends disable the MSDT URL protocol.
The CVE-2022-30190 vulnerability itself is contained in the Microsoft Windows Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), but due to the implementation of this tool, a single malicious office document is enough to exploit the vulnerability.
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