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Microsoft patches XP after support ends for XP

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    Microsoft patches XP after support ends for XP


    I found this funny, that less than a month after XP support ends and it will never again be patched....Microsoft releases a patch for it.


    Microsoft is issuing an update to Internet Explorer today that patches a very serious security issue in its browser. This issue came to light over the weekend and what made it especially problematic was that it involved every version from IE 6 forward.
    Windows XP users, however, cant update their browser beyond version 8 and Microsoft isnt patching XP anymore at this point in its life cycle. For this bug, however, Microsoft has made an exception and it is patching IE on Windows XP as well.
    Read the rest of the story.
    Microsoft Patches Latest Internet Explorer Security Flaw ? Even For XP Users | TechCrunch

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    I guess the situation was so serious that they had to do something about it. Maybe there will be similar situations in the future.
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    I don't think MS planned to abandon XP users altogether and leave them 'dead in the water'; I did read somewhere that XP users could still update MSE definitions for an extended period of time.
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    Seeing as they are making them for the gov still I figure that anytime an update has a huge hole to fix they will take that update they already made and send it to everyone. From what I readed the bug aloud script on some pages displayed in internet explorer which would act like a RAT and could control the computer using whatever permissions that user had(So only a concern if you are an admin which most XP users are, there is no "hidden" Admin like windows 7 by default.)
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    Aye, it was an isolated issue with internet explorer. I used this exploit on one of my machines for demonstration on one of my college assignments.

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    Quite scary to think that just by going to a webpage they could have access to potentially the entire system. XP was awful for security to begin with anyway. It is possible to gain backdoor access without any user intervention. With the controversy of Windows 8 I will say that the security architecture has greatly improved when compared to other versions.

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    Just curious.....
    Is that fix for I.E. available as a download file, either from MS or another source?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    Just curious.....
    Is that fix for I.E. available as a download file, either from MS or another source?

    For Windows 7 and 8.1 it came as a normal patch Tuesday update.
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    If it had been an XP only issue they likely wouldn't have patched it. It was an issue across multiple versions of IE though. It likely wasn't a whole lot of extra effort to patch XP's version of IE too so why not.
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    England, Northamptonshire
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    Yeh, essentially copy and paste the IE 8 patch which probably is the same on Vista

    Josh
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    Every business I have been to since the alleged cessation of updates for XP all have made arrangements with MS for continued support.

    I went on an XP-Update-Binge for the week before end-of-life, I thought the Windows Update server would be shut down at Midnight of that day. But to my surprise, they have not shut the update server down. They were not that gracious with end-of-life for Windows 98 , they slammed the door on the update server in very short order.

    It figures I missed the most important update! heh.
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