Despite Declaring End of XP Support, Microsoft Issues Patch to Fix Zero-Day IE Exploit
May 1, 2014 1:51 PM
comment(s) - last by
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: It's not a 14 year old operating system...
5/2/2014 10:18:37 AM
By your reasoning, software would have to stop being sold altogether for a buffer period where they have to support the software without revenue supporting it at all in order for the last person sold to get > 4 years of support.
You are also forgetting the only reason it was sold for so long at all were for corporate legacy concerns. They even offered support for XP up, through and into two complete successor product cycles: Vista and 7. If they did as you essentially indicate they should, way more people would be upset that XP wasn't even an option earlier than they are now. They actually did the community a great service for keeping it available and supporting it as long as they did, even though some still feel like something was taken away from them.
It's always good to think outside of the box, but I think if you consider the suggestion all the way through it becomes clear why using last date of sale isn't realistic or even beneficial.
"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Microsoft IE Has Serious Flaw, Someone Has Been Exploiting it for a Year
April 29, 2014, 11:00 AM
With XP End of Life, Microsoft Asks Holdouts: How Badly Do You Want XP?
April 8, 2014, 8:00 PM
Microsoft Wants Users Off Windows XP by April 2014
July 10, 2013, 9:01 AM
Quick Note: Whoops, Microsoft Pushed Unwanted Windows 10 to Some Users
October 15, 2015, 9:04 PM
Quick Note: Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 Fixes Boot Camp 6.0 Issues
October 13, 2015, 11:39 AM
Microsoft's HD-500 ("Display Dock"), the Magic Sauce Behind Continuum
October 6, 2015, 5:30 PM
Quick Note: Windows 10 Hits 110 Million Devices, VMs
October 6, 2015, 4:30 PM
Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi, IoT Devices Sees Developer Debut
August 12, 2015, 2:41 PM
Sony Issues Bizzare "Do Not Update" Edict to VAIO PC Owners
August 11, 2015, 9:42 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information