Friday, May 2, 2014

Windows XP users - Microsoft is fixing your Interner Explorer browser

That's how dangerous this bug is: even with XP off of support, they are doing an out-of-cycle patch to fix it:
Microsoft announced it will release an out-of-band security update today to patch a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer, and that the patch will also be made available for Windows XP machines through Automatic Update. At the same time, researchers said they are now seeing attacks specifically targeting XP users.

Microsoft no longer supports XP as of April 8, and that includes the development and availability of security updates. But the about-face today speaks to the seriousness of the vulnerability, which is being exploited in limited targeted attacks, Microsoft said.

“The security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously. When we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we decided to fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers,” said Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing.
Well done to Microsoft - they have a good security team there (I know a bunch of them), and this is a reflection of that team strength.  Patching 12 year old code is no fun, but they did it.

If you are still running XP, get this update even if you don't use IE.  We'll all forget about this in a few weeks, and someone might run the old IE app sometime in the future.  Microsoft has a page on turning on automatic updates in XP.

But don't get used to this, because they won't repeat this often.  You'll need to move to Windows 7, or Mac, or Linux.  Recent advice found here.


Dave H said...

Good thing we have Google, because Microsoft's performance as the Evil Empire has really fallen off lately.

Anyway, thanks to MS for doing the right thing.

Mark Philip Alger said...

Love it that you can ONLY use Internet Exploder on your Windows RT 8.1 tablet. Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera not available in the Miscrosoft-owned-and-operated Windows app store.

Wonder why that is?


Ken said...

I'm going to be installing Mint on the 9-year-old Dell at home. We'll see how it goes.