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Microsoft has been slow to make a patch free

The american giant of software Microsoft has been slow to disseminate free of charge a security update. It would have allowed some computers to guard against cyber-attack world WannaCry, says the Financial Times (FT) Thursday.

This “rançongiciel” must be introduced in computers – encrypts the files – thanks to a security flaw in Windows, as Microsoft had discovered, and for which it had issued mid-march, a security update (a “patch”) to protect the PC.

But Microsoft had not sent out the free update to users of the latest version of the operating system (Windows 10) as the group has stated on 12 may, the day of the attack WannaCry.

While, according to the FT, “users of older systems, such as Windows XP, must pay large sums to take advantage of security updates”, a way for the multinational to encourage its customers to switch to new operating systems, continues the british daily.

Exorbitant costs

Questioned by AFP, a spokesman for Microsoft in the United States has argued that “for various reasons (…), companies sometimes choose not to move to the most recent version even after 10 or 15 years,” and that “the group offers support contracts” basis as a palliative measure to be temporary.

“Very clearly, Microsoft would prefer that companies spend in the latest systems and realize the benefits of these versions, rather than choosing basic support”, he said, without commenting on the prices put forward by the Financial Times.

The FT argues that the price of the update of older versions of Windows “is increased from 200 ($194 swiss francs approximately) for a computer in 2014, when Microsoft has stopped the technical support of XP, to $ 400 the next year”. The journal also mentions the much larger sums claimed to customers.

It is because of these exorbitant costs that the service of british health, the NHS, one of the first victims of WannaCry Friday, has not made the security updates, stabbed again to the newspaper business.

Free reactivation

Finally, when WannaCry was detected on Friday, Microsoft had announced the free reactivation of an update for the older versions, but “too late” to “limit the spread of WannaCry,” adds the Financial Times. Microsoft has not specified to the AFP when he had made the tool free.

The ways to use flaws in Windows have been made available in April on the internet by a group of “hackers” who claims to have stolen from the national agency of american security (NSA). (tty/nxp)

Created: 18.05.2017, 20h58

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