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Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday gives XP attackers a roadmap

By |May 20th, 2014|Categories: Microsoft, Security, Tech News, Virus Alerts, WinXP|Tags: , , |

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IDG News Service – For the latest round of Microsoft’s monthly collection of software patches, the company has fixed critical issues in Internet Explorer (IE) and Windows that have already been used by malicious attackers to compromised systems.

It is the software that Microsoft has not patched this month that is probably of greatest interest to attackers.

Overall, Microsoft has issued eight bulletins this month, fixing 13 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer and Office.

None of these fixes are for Windows XP or Office 2003, both of which Microsoft stopped supporting in April (except for those customers with extended support contracts). Many of the patches in this month’s collection do fix code vulnerabilities that probably originated in Windows XP or Office 2003, if not in earlier versions.

Studying what is being fixed with each month’s round of patches could give attackers an easy […]

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Windows XP Exploit Protection Tested, Winners Revealed

By |May 18th, 2014|Categories: Microsoft, Security, Tech News, WinXP|Tags: , , |

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XP Exploit Protection Test

I collect and analyze test results from a half-dozen antivirus test labs all over the world. Most of them run a regular cycle, releasing new results monthly, quarterly, or at other intervals. Security vendors can also commission one-off tests, which seem to invariably show them in a good light. That’s only logical; if the test reveals problems they use it to improve the product, not for publicity. Chinese security vendor Qihoo 360 totally aced a recently-commissioned test by AV-Test that specifically evaluated protection against Windows XP exploits.

Simple Test
On May’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released a collection of patches for vulnerabilities in various Windows versions. For the first time, and from now on, XP got bupkis. You can bet the bad guys are combing through the announced patches for other Windows versions to […]

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Microsoft makes one-time exception, patches IE on Windows XP

By |May 14th, 2014|Categories: Microsoft, Security, Tech News, WinXP|Tags: , , |

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Calls news coverage of IE vulnerability ‘overblown,’ but patches IE6, IE7 and IE8 on XP anyway

May 1, 2014
(Computerworld)

Microsoft today shipped an emergency update for Internet Explorer to close a hole that hackers had already been exploiting.

But in an unexpected move, Microsoft allowed Windows XP machines to receive the update, even though it had long held that the 13-year-old operating system had absolutely, positively retired on April 8.

“I’m surprised they went out-of-band at all,” said Andrew Storms, director of DevOps at security company CloudPassage, using the term for an emergency update outside the normal monthly patch cycle Microsoft maintains. “While there was a lot of talk about this zero-day, it was mainly focused on the XP angle.”

In fact, today’s turnabout was bigger news than the security update itself, something Microsoft tacitly acknowledged by posting a long […]

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Microsoft plans another short patch slate for next week, but finds a few XP bugs to crush

By |February 7th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: , , |

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February 7, 2014 07:11 AM ET

Computerworld – Microsoft Thursday said it will issue five security updates next week, two tagged as “critical,” to close holes in Windows and the company’s Exchange-based Forefront Protection 2010 security software.

Three of the four updates for Windows will affect Windows XP, the 13-year-old operating system that Microsoft plans to retire from patching support on April 8. After next week’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has just two more rounds of security updates on its schedule before it pulls the plug on the aged OS.

One of the two critical updates — and the only one that will apply to Windows — does not even patch XP, according to Microsoft’s typically-terse advanced notification published Thursday. Instead “Bulletin 1.” as that update was tentatively labeled, will patch Windows 7, 8 and 8.1; Window RT and RT 8.1; and Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2. All are […]

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