Published on May 1st, 2014 📆 | 1576 Views ⚑
Microsoft Issues Fix for IE Zero-Day, Includes XP Users
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Internet Explorer vulnerability poses a special concern for people still using Windows XP, but can Microsoft really ignore innocent Windows XP users? No, they Can't , evene after expiration date.
Finally Microsoft announced that they will provide an 'out-of-band security update' today for all versions of Internet Explorer that were affected by the zero-day vulnerability, and which will also be available for Windows XP machines through Automatic Updates mechanism.
“Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we've decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today. We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP. The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say we don't take these reports seriously. We absolutely do
,” reads the Microsoft’s blog post
Microsoft warned Windows XP users and recommends them to upgrade to new versions of Windows, i.e. Windows 7 or 8., “just because this update is out now doesn't mean you should stop thinking about getting off Windows XP and moving to a newer version of Windows and the latest version of Internet Explorer.”
Underscoring the severity of the flaw, the company emphasized those with manual updates to install the patch immediately and also install Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
, a free utility that helps prevent vulnerabilities in software from being successfully exploited.