DirectStorage Developer Preview Out Now on PC, Supports Windows 10 Too


Wccftech 19 July, 2021 - 10:44am 15 views

Is Windows 11 released?

Microsoft has said that the Windows 11 will come to computers in fall. A wider release is possible in early 2022. Currently, Microsoft's next operating system update is available as an early build for Windows Insiders. LivemintWindows 11 coming to your PC in this month, leaked Intel document confirms

Microsoft had promised that the DirectStorage API, first debuted with the Xbox Series S|X consoles, would launch in a developer preview for PC this Summer. That promise was maintained last Friday when the first preview kit was delivered to those game developers who had subscribed to the NDA developer preview program.

Interestingly, though, Microsoft walked back on its former decision to make DirectStorage only available on Windows 11. Program Manager Hassan Uraizee explained:

It may be a while before any games can take advantage of the IO API, but Metro developer 4A Games reckons it will be very beneficial to PC gaming as a whole.

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Windows Print Spooler vulnerability lets attackers gain elevated privileges

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Windows Print Spooler security issues continue. The saga already includes a discovered exploit that was accidentally shared, an emergency patch from Microsoft, and some printers failing to work after being updated. Now, a security expert has discovered another issue with Windows Print Spooler.

The new zero day vulnerability in Windows Print Spooler allows attackers to gain administrative privileges through the 'Queue-Specific Files' feature, as reported by BleepingComputer.

Security researcher Benjamin Delpy shared a video taking advantage of the vulnerability.

If exploited, the new vulnerability allows an attacker to gain SYSTEM privileges on a targetted device. The threat actor can also gain limited access to a network.

Delpy explained to BleepingComputer that the exploit could be used to automatically download and execute malicious DLL files. An attack can then run any command on a computer with SYSTEM privileges.

There are currently two ways to mitigate the new printer vulnerability, as explained by BleepingComputer:

Blocking outbound SMB traffic prevents attackers from using remote print servers but doesn't stop threat actors from using local print servers.

BleepingComputer explains that configuring the Package Point and Print Server List is a better method because "This policy prevents non-administrative users from installing print drivers using Point and Print unless the print server is on the approved list."

A CERT advisory goes into technical detail regarding the vulnerability.

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