(CNN) — Microsoft is fixing a major flaw in its Windows operating system that could be exploited by hackers.
The National Security Agency says it recently alerted Microsoft to the security flaw.
The problem concerns a feature that verifies programs installing software on computers for government agencies, businesses, and consumers around the world.
Microsoft issued a software update Tuesday that fixes the problem.
The NSA’s announcement of the flaw and its move to notify the private sector are rare.
NSA’s director of cyber-security says it wants to build trust with private companies.
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