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  • Yes, pirate copies of Win XP and Win7 can install the “wormable” BlueKeep security fixes

    Posted on June 1st, 2019 at 01:45 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing references to this all over the web, but it looks like pirated copies of Win7 will get the BlueKeep fix through Windows Update, and the XP patch (manually downloaded) will work on pirated XP machines, too.

    All of the articles I’ve seen refer to a statement by Paul Cooke, who used to be Director of Product Marketing for Windows Client at Microsoft. Nowadays, according to his LinkedIn profile, he’s Senior Manager of Identity and Access Management at Providence Health & Services in Renton, but anyway…

    Back in 2009, Cooke, writing on the now-defunct Microsoft Windows Security Blog promised us all:

    There seems to be a myth that Microsoft limits security updates to genuine Windows users.

    Let me be clear: all security updates go to all users.

    I’m not at all comfortable with a promise made by an ex-employee more than a decade ago, but if you’re wondering, that’s the promise everyone’s quoting these days, and that’s where it came from.

    I can find no more-recent corroboration, but I’d welcome anything you can uncover.