We’ve covered the end of support for Windows XP in detail. The iconic iteration of Microsoft’s OS has been around for over a decade and still powers over 25 percent of all PCs in the world despite the fact that Microsoft has killed support for it. Recently the company issued a security warning for a vulnerability found in older versions of internet explorer. To plug it Microsoft is going to release one last, albeit very important, security patch for Windows XP.
At approximately 10 a.m. PDT today the company will release a security update to address the issue that affects Internet Explorer. The update is tested and ready for release for all affected versions of the browser. Those who have automatic updates enabled need not worry, it will be downloaded and installed behind the scenes.
Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft the company made the decision to issue a security update for XP users as well. Nevertheless it still urges users to upgrade from XP to a latest version of Windows, such as Windows 7 or 8.1. Customers are also advised to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer, which is IE11.
Tomorrow at 11 a.m. PDT the company will host a webcast to present information about the security advisory. Apparently the vulnerability would allow hackers to install programs, view and even delete data on an affected computer. It affects all versions of the browser from IE6 through IE11.