Today, Microsoft has issued a security update to its Internet Explorer browsers to fix the recently found major vulnerability and the important part is, even the Microsoft Windows XP users included in the list of supported platforms!
The fast resolution came from the software giant following the warning given by U.S. Department of Homeland Security to users, where it release a statement that said not to use Internet Explorer browsers until the company releases a software patch and the same has been applied.
Earlier, Microsoft said that the software patch will be available for Windows 7 and newer operating systems, but surprisingly, Microsoft also released the patch for Windows XP users as well. If you turned on your Automatic Update on your browser, it will take care of this fix by itself.
If you haven’t enabled Windows Updates, “now is the time,” wrote Dustin C. Childs in Microsoft security response center advisory. You can enable Microsoft Updates or Automatic Updates from Control Panel.
The security flaw exists on all major IE browsers, from Internet Explorer 6 through latest IE 11. This zero-day vulnerability allows hackers to gain access to your computer remotely, if you visit one of their malicious websites. Hackers could use Flash player exploitation technique to remotely take over users computer, when they visit a compromised website.
Adrienne Hall, general manager with the company’s Trustworthy Computing section wrote on a Microsoft tech blog:
The fix is coming outside of Microsoft’s usual monthly security update cycle. The security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously, so the news coverage of the last few days about a vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) has been tough for our customers and for us.
The new security update will be live today at 10 a.m. PDT. Despite stopping support to its old and gold Windows XP OS, this time the company hasn’t left those users alone. May be, because of the popularity it has got from various media and social media following the security warning by major banks and governments worldwide.
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