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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:
  • view data
  • change data (memory injection)
  • delete data
  • 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.

Source: Microsoft

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RE: Very bad form, Microsoft
By NellyFromMA on 5/2/2014 10:22:02 AM , Rating: 4
LMAO. Seriously?! You're the perfect example of why MS can't please everyone ever.

Here, MS has essentially GIVEN AWAY a HUGE life-saving patch for XP-clingers when MS already EOL'ed the product which they didn't have to do. If they didn't patch this, then the XP-clingers would be very upset (whether rightly so or not, I won't touch on).

And yet, this gift from MS is cause for anger from you? Yeah, MS should have TOTALLY not released this patch to the general public. I'm sure when the patch leaked it would have been great PR for MS.


RE: Very bad form, Microsoft
By Gondor on 5/2/2014 10:31:16 AM , Rating: 1
They haven't "given" anything away. IE6 is used in other M$ operating systems which haven't reached their end-of-extended/support deadline yet (and won't for more than one whole year), namely the Windows Server 2003 R2 family.

They HAD to implement this patch to IE6 as well as other browsers and they simply ended up making a publicity stunt (and a new Windows 7/8 advertisement campaign - note how they are still selling old version of windows even though the most recent one is out, which, at least according to some folks here, is a big no-no?) out of this fact.

RE: Very bad form, Microsoft
By NellyFromMA on 5/2/2014 1:18:41 PM , Rating: 2
Explain to me how MS supplying users of EOL software a HUGE security patch for FREE ISNT' giving it away?

RE: Very bad form, Microsoft
By ppi on 5/2/2014 5:08:51 PM , Rating: 2
Since the easiest and most sensible way to patch it is to change to Chrome/Firefox, they quite likely did their math and decided to slow down reduction of IE market share. Plus it is a good PR, as this is high-profile exploit. And it is free for them, since they needed to develop the patch anyway.

RE: Very bad form, Microsoft
By NellyFromMA on 5/6/2014 9:31:18 AM , Rating: 2
On XP, the vast majority likely already are on Chrome/Firefox as IE 8 is garbage, especially by todays standards.

Of course they made that assessment. Still, those are signs that an intelligent thought process took place and they helped the community as a result.

The majority of what you say is correct, and it resulted in a free giveaway of a major patch to consumers. A big win all around I'd say.

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