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For many Windows users, Microsoft's own built-in malware protections are the only thing standing between them and the many bad actors pushing for control of their systems. So, in theory, hackers could have used this exploit to take over systems remotely.

According to Dave Alles, partner and group program manager of Windows Maps at Microsoft, the latest version of Maps offers travelers and virtual explorers more tools for navigating the real world. Microsoft has already released a patch for the problem.

Google Project Zero researchers Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich discovered an exploit dubbed CVE-2017-0290 that lets an attacker remotely access any system without any interaction from the user, reports Ars Technica. Microsoft actually released an emergency update on Monday just hours ahead of today's regularly scheduled "Patch Tuesday" (the 2nd Tuesday of each month) to fix a unsafe flaw present in most of Microsoft's anti-malware technology that's being called the worst Windows bug in recent memory.

The flaw affects Windows Server 2016, the only version of Windows Server that supports Windows Defender.

With the Surface Laptop, Surface Studio, Windows 10 Creators Update, and Cortana-powered Harmon Kardon Invoke smart speaker already out of the bag, what has Microsoft saved for its annual developer show?

Following on from Microsoft's security bulletin from last month covering six flaws affecting SMBv1, May's Patch Tuesday addresses a further three remote code execution vulnerabilities affecting both desktop and server versions of Microsoft Windows.

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The cut-off guaranteed Microsoft would not be burdened by a requirement to maintain an increasing number of versions, letting it instead focus on just two iterations of Windows 10 at a time. Additionally, the company is expected to provide details on the future of Microsoft Edge at the conference.

Microsoft says when an update is available, it's automatically downloaded and installed, keeping your device up to date with the latest features.

And Mr Ormandy later tweeted he had been "blown away" at the speedy response. "The fact that it existed in Microsoft's Malware Protection Engine was also more than a little ironic".

Greg Young, a security analyst with Gartner, told ITPro he was also impressed with Microsoft's very fast actions concerning the vulnerability. Given that Defender is one of Windows' most privileged processes, the vulnerability gives an attacker complete control over the system.

Typically the timeline for software vulnerability reports being investigated and resolved with patches can take 30 to 90 days, said Young.

Here's what we might see when Build 2017 kicks off today. He said that under the old terminology, "new Windows 10 releases are initially considered "Current Branch" releases, to be used for piloting [and] after a period of about four months, we'll declare the release as a "Current Branch for Business" release, ready for broad deployment".