02 May 2014

Microsoft Issues Internet Explorer Security Fix for XP after Product’s End of Life

Microsoft has issued a security fix for an Internet Explorer browser vulnerability that includes Windows XP users despite ceasing security updates for Windows XP last month, according to a company blog post.

"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," Adrienne Hall, the general manager of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, said in the blog post. "We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP."

The vulnerability affected Internet Explorer users who visited certain corrupted web sites that served malware exploiting the flaw. By this, hackers could gain access to the infected machine and have the same privileges as the computer user.

The vulnerability was found just days after XP’s end of life. The fully tested update fixes the vulnerability on all affected browser versions. Internet Explorer versions from 6 to 11 were affected by the vulnerability.