In the latest news for Cortana, Microsoft is operating on a new voice assistant for Windows 10X. The news was disclosed by a job broadcasting on linked on. It is being worked on appears to be more voice control than voice assistant, with the work being done under the auspices of the Accessibility community at Microsoft.

The posting for a developer to build a superior voice control experience notes. Since this is a new application, the number of coding and decoding challenges are high. By taking advantage of conceptual services for voice command and control, identifying fascinating components in the context of the application. By interacting with the entire desktop, interacting with 10X OS in new ways within the spectrum of security and integrity.

Microsoft has been demoting Cortana on Windows 10 increasingly away from the position of the general voice assistant to a tool for getting things done on your PC. However, this conception appears to fluctuate depending on who is leading the team at the time. Either way, it seems Windows 10X is offering Microsoft the opportunity to start over, and it seems somewhat less ambitiously than before.

Flavorful on the heels of Microsoft instructing 800 million Windows 10 users to install a crucial update before any other. Many of those same users might need to manually undertake a problem with the Windows Update Assistant. The Microsoft Windows 10 Update Assistant enables the downloading and installation of feature updates to your Windows 10 device. It includes those prompts to update to the latest version of Windows 10. It’s also damaged and not how you might believe. I’m not talking about it smashing other things but instead it being broken itself, in the safety sense.

What’s the safety problem with the Windows Update Assistant?

While other Windows updates have smashed Windows Defender, the Windows Update Assistant itself has been established to be susceptible to a local freedom escalation attack.  It could be under certain conditions, enable an attacker to run programs with system freedoms. The always credible Bleeping Computer reported that the defenselessness was spoken of in a security publication as part of the October 2019 Patch fixes. The subsequent day, October 9, an updated edition of the Windows Update Assistant was broadcasted to fix things.

Security researcher Jimmy told Bleeping Computer that the defenselessness was not a very logical one from the exploitation perspective. It is a very opportunistic situation that has to arise during the update process. He said the most realistic use case illustrated is an APT type of actor that has a long dwell time in a network. Even then, those Advanced Persistent Threat actors could, if they were already in the network, possibly find much easier ways to enforce their privilege-escalation purposes.

Fixing the Windows Update Assistant

Fixing the problem isn’t as easy as it should be. This isn’t to explain that it’s a highly complicated process, but rather that it’s taking off to be too much bother for the average Windows 10 user and so likely to be resisted.  There are two strategies to “fix” the issue: uninstall the Windows Update Assistant and dawdle to be prompted to reinstall it and when the next Windows 10 update arrives, or manually download and install the latest version. The most right forward fix might be to uninstall the Windows Update Assistant. This will eliminate the defenselessness, and the program will be replaced by the fixed one during the next feature update. Assuming, that is, it was established in the first place. If so, then you might find it documented in the “Apps & Features” control panel from where it can be uninstalled immediately.