Microsoft fixes XP browser security flaw


Microsoft fixes XP browser security flaw

Today, Microsoft announced security patches for its Internet Explorer browser – including versions for XP users.

Microsoft is releasing a set of patches for all of its currently supported versions of Internet Explorer. The security updates follow the discovery of a vulnerability that could allow hackers to gain full user permissions over a PC, allowing them to install programs, view and delete data, and much more simply by visiting a malicious website. The major flaw was discovered last weekend, so Microsoft has moved quickly to react to this particular vulnerability outside of its normal Patch Tuesday. The security updates will be available on Windows Update at 1PM ET today.

While Microsoft may have killed off support for Windows XP last month, the company is taking the highly unusual approach of releasing a security update for its nearly 13-year-old operating system today. “We’ve decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today,” explains Microsoft’s Adrienne Hall. “We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP.” Microsoft still creates security patches for Windows XP designed for businesses who pay a large sum for extended support contracts, but those specific patches are generally not released to the public.
By Tom Warren on May 1, 2014 | The Verge.com

How to Get the Fix

Updating Internet Explorer and Driving Security | 1 May 2014 10:18 AM | Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft.
If you are like most people, you have automatic updates turned on, and you’ll get this new update without having to do anything. If you haven’t turned on automatic updates yet, you should do so now. Click the “Check for Updates” button on the Windows Update portion of your Control Panel to get this going.

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29 thoughts on “Microsoft fixes XP browser security flaw

  1. Patch wrecked my MS photo editing program. Reinstalling program did not fix it. Could not open IE. Uninstalled patch. Everything that it broke was fixed.

  2. Microsoft Bashers? Okay, that’s a bit off really. There is a reason that some people “bash” MS. They have had some very dodgy practices over the years and their software is very good at clogging up a computer and spying on us.
    Sure Linux doesn’t have as much commercial software, but hey, I use a lot of open source software on Linux and Windows. For everyday computing tasks for the vast majority of computer users, Linux has everything that’s needed. I have a number of clients now who have moved to Linux as they don’t like the new MS OS or don’t have the cash to buy a new PC or both. I may add that these are in the silver surfer age group and are all doing well using Linux. It becomes a problem when people are indoctrinated into the MS way.. It is not necessary to use Commercial software at all unless you are a commercial entity, and even then there are Open Source applications that can do better than some commercial offerings.

    • @@ Dave Hansen: I appreciate Mr. Hansen’s loyalty
      to MS but I go by the old saying, “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it. XP serves my needs quite well. I am sure Mr. Hansen plays a lot of games and other useless endeavors but if he had thousands of dollars in software for his business or other pursuits that will not run on Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1 then he would have a different slant on this. MS could go a long way in making the public happy if when they come out with a new Windows at least make it so previous software will run on the new version. I have pretty much decided that if I need to buy a new computer it will not be a PC but an Apple instead. @Dave Hansen:

    • I guess I fit into the Silver Surfer bunch that Mr. Hansen refers to. Well that bunch has made all this possible. I don’t see many of the older crowd walking and driving while texting or wiht a phone to there ear while walking on the side walk. For the most part the Silver Surfers are not slaves to their gadgets, they have a life. What is wrong with having both systems. If the new gadget slaves want a new OS then give them one but if the Silver Surfers are happy with what they have why force them to get something they don’s want. I for one will not talk to a computer when one calls me on the phone. I just hang up. When I make a call I ask for an agent or representative but other than that I will not talk to a computer.@@ Dave Hansen:

  3. Lets make some patches for the patches that didn’t work right to began with. So we can make some more patches. They mine as well be going backwards, it’s a never ending vicious cycle with Microsoft and they arebgoing down hill again and people wonder why I use Linux.

  4. XP still the best, been around and well loved for 13 years because it is so well loved. Microsoft is stupid for cancelling it. Best thing they ever managed to do in an OS, too bad they don’t listen to their customers better. They could revamp Xp pro to be compatible with newer tech, but they are too lazy and greedy I suppose like most big corps. these days. Sorry but they make me mad, I love XP and not everyone can afford to buy a new computer and their expensive new OS.

    • @Chad: I don’t think you understand the problem. XP is that old that it would require a massive re-write, basically what Vista was – so much was changed that for ages Vista had massive compatibility problems, although windows 7 is a great operating system with the speed of xp and security of vista.

      Windows XP as I said is just too old, changing all the code would mean it wasn’t xp anymore. If people can’t adapt then they will be left behind and it will be on their own head for using an out of date buggy os

  5. Ah it’s the silly season again where all the Microsoft bashers and XP antique users come out to tell everyone how secure they are running unix that won’t run much of any consumer software without a Windows emulator. That’s like putting a new car on the roof of your old one and saying how good it performs.

    Nothing intelligent to say? Then just listen; maybe you’ll learn something.

    • Dave Hansen, a lot of people don’t want to leave XP for a number of reasons and cost is one of them. I went and got a cheap, but good laptop running Windows 8.1 basically because I felt like I had no choice. I am also a gamer.I upgraded my XP desktop with more memory and a kicking Graphics Card to play my games like Dragon Age and Neverwinter Nights series because the last time I switched computers, I lost half my custom content and files and it took years to get them back. Now, I am stuck with an outdated desktop running XP that has all my good games on it and a laptop running 8.1 that can’t play my games because it doesn’t have the specs, that I had to get to safely go online with because I couldn’t afford a better priced one that can do everything I need. Then, even if it could play my games, I would lose a lot of content (again) in the transfer. Lose lose for me.

    • I appreciate Mr. Hansen’s loyalty
      to MS but I go by the old saying, “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it. XP serves my needs quite well. I am sure Mr. Hansen plays a lot of games and other useless endeavors but if he had thousands of dollars in software for his business or other pursuits that will not run on Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1 then he would have a different slant on this. MS could go a long way in making the public happy if when they come out with a new Windows at least make it so previous software will run on the new version. I have pretty much decided that if I need to buy a new computer it will not be a PC but an Apple instead. @Dave Hansen:

  6. I like linux Mint 14 cinamon it looks and runs like win 7 I have a linux box custom just the way I like it I have a few high end PCs and an XP laptop and a win7 laptop all my power towers are XP sp2 and DVD writers and lightscribers so leave me alone Microsoft just get over it

  7. Same with me. I was lucky to get my system back. I still have SP2 and have not done all the updates to SP3. I don't use I.E. hardly at all. I stick to Firefox.

  8. If WP updates are no longer supported, why did I get 157 updates when I reinstalled XP last weekend? Huh?

    • J.R. Stewart. The reason you got 157 updates is because MS gives you all updates available up to the time they discontinued support. Those updates will always be available for XP. But using XP will become more and more risky as time goes by because of all the miscreants out there trying to get a free lunch on our dime.

  9. Excuse me! After all the $’s we’ve spent over the years and putting up with constant “new” OS’s…..MS is going to stop my support even though they still have it for “high dollar” business accounts!!?? I wouldn’t pay diddly additional for an update. We aren’t all tech guru’s, we aren’t all interested in “new” every other day, or want our PC’s to look and behave like an I Pad. (Windows 8 as I understand)I would finally after all these years give up on MS and go find another OS entirely. 🙁

    • @Greg:So what I am seeing here is everyone thinks Bill Gates should run for Presidential office of the U.S. of America? >>> Sure why not.

  10. Pathetic the way people worried if XP got one extra update. There are more important things in life.

  11. ….
    Windows XP Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP (KB2964358) Friday, May 02, 2014 Automatic Updates
    …. I suppose you could copy and download this.

  12. the last time I alowed microsoft to update XP it stopped working so believe it is a ploy to crash all XP use and I will never trust microsoft again

  13. If MSFT is releasing updates for XP users that pay big for the security updates, why don't the CHARGE the small user for same. After all, they have done the work. Extra revenue for MSFT. Even at $1 per update, they would rake it in huge!

  14. Have not used IE or Outlook in years.
    Last update I did was when SP3 came out.
    All of my boxes are XP and no problems.

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