Despite Declaring End of XP Support, Microsoft Issues Patch to Fix Zero-Day IE Exploit
May 1, 2014 1:51 PM
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Microsoft extends an olive branch to XP users
Earlier this week, we learned of a
new zero-day flaw that affects Windows and Internet Explorer
. According to Microsoft, the flaw could allow attackers to:
change data (memory injection)
install keylogging software
install malicious programs
create accounts to give attacker full user rights
Seeing as how Microsoft
officially ended support for end-users of Windows XP on April 8
, it was assumed that all of those users would just be out of luck or have to rely on third-party patches to close up the security hole. However, Microsoft made a bold move today by announcing that it would extend the fix to XP users.
Adrienne Hall, Microsoft’s General Manager for Trustworthy Computing, wrote the following on the Official Microsoft Blog:
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.
As a result, all Windows users (as of 1 PM EST today) can download a patch for this flaw from Windows Update.
Adrienne Hall, Microsoft’s General Manager for Trustworthy Computing
However, don’t think for a second that Microsoft is content with users sticking around with a
14-year-old operating system
. The company is still, understandably, trying to encourage customers to upgrade to a more modern Microsoft operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
“Just because this update is out now doesn’t mean you should stop thinking about getting off Windows XP,” Hall added. “Of course we’re proud that so many people loved Windows XP, but the reality is that the threats we face today from a security standpoint have really outpaced the ability to protect those customers using an operating system that dates back over a decade.”
So XP users, take this as a warning. Microsoft was kind enough to make an exception this time around with regards to a zero-day exploit it Windows XP, but don’t expect the software giant to be so eager to help out in the future.
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RE: Pry it
5/1/2014 3:23:26 PM
They would gain from not having so many people running unsupported Windows XP which becomes riddled with malware and is then used to target newer versions of Windows, launch DOS attacks, and send out loads of virus-laden spam.
Anyway, it's the same argument that is used with software piracy-- if they can't get it for free, they wouldn't have got it anyway so no money has been lost when it is pirated. How many people with an old computer running Windows XP (in my case built in 2005, old but still very useable with its Athlon 64 X2 4400+) would buy a copy of Windows 7 for it? I like to think Microsoft prefer it being updated to Windows 7, rather than it continuing to run XP every day.
Note that the above should be read as a hypothetical scenario only, and I do not condone software piracy.
RE: Pry it
5/1/2014 10:58:14 PM
Bout to put Windows 7 on my P4 2.0Ghz soon, though its still powered off since I was on business for an extended time. I can't stand the thought of paying more ransom money to Microsoft because they want to hold (insert updated feature) hostage. Its pretty cheap to just wait for an old laptop to turn in up the garbage and harvest parts and that shinny little windows OS sticker under it. Licensed Windows OS for free, just borrow some discs.
I have 4-5 old laptops with Windows 7 keys not being used... yeah. Anyone who tells me to pay for Windows needs to pound sand when I can get it for free, legally.
RE: Pry it
5/2/2014 10:13:54 AM
OEM licenses are non-transferrable. That's why they're so much cheaper. Moving the sticker does NOT legally transfer the license. Does MS care enough to stop you from doing it? Probably not.
Still not sure I'd be proud of rummaging in the garbage bin to save $99... But to each their own.
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