Microsoft patches IE zero-day flaw, issues special security update for Windows XP despite end of support


Microsoft today announced it is releasing an out-of-band emergency patch for Internet Explorer to fix a zero-day flaw spotted in the wild. The security hole was found in IE6 through IE11, and the company says its update “is fully tested and ready for release for all affected versions of the browser.” While this normally means all “supported” versions, this time is different. Microsoft is issuing a security update for Windows XP users as well, despite the fact that Windows XP is no longer supported by the company. Here is Microsoft’s reasoning for the decision: Even though Windows XP is no...

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