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Microsoft patches Internet Explorer bug for Windows XP – Telegraph.co.uk

“We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for
Windows XP. The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks
based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly,
overblown. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say
we don’t take these reports seriously. We absolutely do.”

Hall added that this does not mean users should stop thinking about moving off
Windows XP and onto a newer version of Windows and the latest version of
Internet Explorer, which provide more safety and security than ever before.

“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,” she said.

Estimates suggest that almost 1 in 5 personal computers still run Windows XP.
While consumers are entitled to carry on using XP for as long as they like –
the software will not stop working – those who choose to do so will be much
more vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to Microsoft.

However, some cyber security firms, including
Avast
, have promised to continue supporting Windows XP, by creating
protection modules and detections specifically designed to cover XP
vulnerabilities and security problems, for at least the next three years.

Microsoft would not disclose how many updates for Windows XP it used to issue
each month but, between July 2012 and July 2013, Windows XP was an “affected
product” in 45 Microsoft security bulletins.

Microsoft patches Internet Explorer bug for Windows XP – Telegraph.co.uk

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