Window 10 May 2020 update will be released without a bug fix for a zero-day


Microsoft’s mega Windows 10 May 2020 update has a bug and it won’t be fixed before the release date

Microsoft’s mega update for its premier operating system is due to be launched somewhere this month. Microsoft will be releasing the Windows 10 May 2020 update on 26th May 2020. Microsoft engineers have been working on war footing to prepare for the Windows 10 D-Day. But Microsoft sources have confirmed that they will not be able to fix a zero-day vulnerability in the Windows 10 OS.

As per reports, the Redmond-based company is waiting until the last possible moment to roll out the so-called May 2020 Update in order to fix a zero-day vulnerability in the operating system. However, the time is not on their side as the update date is only 16 days away.

For the uninitiated, a Zero-day vulnerability is that which exists in any App or system since the day of its release. The Zero-day vulnerability is known to the software vendor but doesn’t have a patch in place to fix the flaw. It has the potential to be exploited by cybercriminals.

In Windows 10 case, the zero-day has already been leaked online and is already known to hackers and other cyber crooks. This means that Microsoft has only 16 days left to release the fix the bugs and Zero-day by the time Windows 10 May 2020 update is ready for release. Some reports indicate that Microsoft could possibly hold off the mega update due to include the requisite patch. But unfortunately, despite taking the extra time to bundle the fix, the next Windows 10 update still won’t be perfect.

Zero-day and bugs in Microsoft Windows 10 May 2020 update

Windows 10 May 2020 update reportedly has many bugs. One of them is the Windows Mixed Reality bug which may not work correctly for some on the May 2020 Update. Microsoft has already asked its beta testers to hold off on updating through the ‘release preview’ mechanism. However, this bug affects only those who use Mixed Reality on Windows 10. Some Windows 10 apps that use the ImeMode to control the input method editor (IME) for individual text entry fields to increase typing efficiency, may not be able to use this mechanism correctly in the May 2020 update.

However, the biggest headache for Microsoft engineers is the vulnerability in the DISM tool. The deployment image servicing and management (DISM) tool is used to repair corruption on Windows 10 systems having the May 2020 Update.

This command-line tool is used to mount and service Windows images before deployment and can be used to install, uninstall, configure, and update Windows 10 features, packages, drivers, and international settings. The vulnerability involves the DISM tool not always reporting the correct corruption status and can be used by wannabe hackers for malicious purposes.

Microsoft said that “We are aware of an issue where using the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tool to repair corruption on systems running the May 2020 Update does not always report the correct status. This will be fixed in an upcoming servicing release.”

The DISM vulnerability has already made Microsoft push the Windows 10 May 2020 update date from the earlier May 10 to the present May 26. It remains to be seen whether Microsoft pushes the date further into June. It would be an irony to release May 2020 updated in June!

You can read about what to expect in the new Windows 10 May 2020 here.


About Author

"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had." Eric Schmidt

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments