Microsoft has been hard at work to make sure that the zero day vulnerability is patched as soon as possible. The zero day security issue is the vulnerability that affects all versions of Internet Explorer from versions 6 thru 11. Their notification states that Windows XP will also be getting this patch, even if the support for the said operating system ended weeks ago.
According to Adrienne Hall, General Manager of Microsoft Trusted computing, ?The security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously. When we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we decided to fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers.?
For Windows users who have automatic updates enabled, this update should be updated automatically. For those who don?t have this feature enabled, you?ll have to run the update for the patch to be applied.
There are some recommendations stated as well, especially for those who don?t do automatic updates. For example, if the patch?KB2929437?isn?t installed prior to applying this patch, IE will crash on the Windows 7 operating system.
Hall also reiterated in a blog entry that mostly urges Windows XP users to upgrade and use a more updated version of their operating system. Even with the end of the support for Windows XP, Microsoft felt the need to include it in their fix as soon as they were made aware of the vulnerability.
This security issue is a really big deal as the Internet Explorer browsers command a quarter of the total browser usage worldwide. The issue got really serious as it made Microsoft and other companies suggest not using Internet Explorer until a suitable patch could be applied. A lot of companies also use IE for their intranets as well as other internal local tools and a single mistake in clicking a link to a malicious website could very well give hackers an entry point to their computers as well as their sensitive data.
This patch should help Microsoft get IE back to the way it was but the future damage could have already been done. Since users tried other browsers, they could feel more comfortable using those browsers rather than going back to using IE.
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