Microsoft fixes screenshot edit vulnerability on Windows

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Microsoft fixes screenshot edit vulnerability on Windows (Image:
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Delhi : A vulnerability in Windows 10 and 11 that permits threat actors to recover changed screenshot parts has been fixed by a Microsoft update.

The security flaw, known as the "aCropalypse," might allow threat actors to recover the edited portions of screenshots, potentially revealing private information that had been cropped out or hidden.

According to Microsoft, the problem affects both the Snip & Sketch programme on Windows 10 and the Snipping Tool on Windows 11.

The study stated that it does, however, only apply to images created using a very specific set of procedures, such as those that have been captured, saved, altered, and then saved over the original file, as well as those opened in the Snipping Tool, edited, and then saved to the same location.

Additionally, the security weakness is unaffected by screenshots that have been edited before being saved, as well as screenshots that have been copied and pasted into places like the body of an email or a document, among others.

The problem was initially made known to Microsoft last week.

The report went on to say that the security hole allowed hackers to erase changes made to screenshots, allowing them to reveal private information in an image that someone had thought they were hiding by cropping it out or writing over it.

By selecting Library, then Obtain updates, users can download the most recent updates for the impacted apps from the Microsoft Store.