Microsoft’s Patch for Internet Explorer on XP is Exception Not the Rule

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After last week’s highly publicized Internet Explorer security flaw, Microsoft released an emergency update to patch the vulnerability. The update, named MS13-021, offered a fix for versions 6-11 of Internet Explorer on all supported editions of Windows, as well as IE versions 6, 7 and 8 on Windows XP machines.

The decision to offer an update for XP, only three weeks after Microsoft withdrew support of the 13-year-old operating system, came as a surprise, but Microsoft insists this is only a one-time instance, and no future updates will be created for Windows XP.

In a blog post, Adrienne Hall, general manager of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, addressed the company’s decision to extend support to XP users, emphasizing that this emergency update is unlikely to be repeated.

“We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support of Windows XP. Just because this update is out now doesn’t mean you should stop thinking about getting off Windows XP and moving to a newer version of Windows and the latest version of Internet Explorer,” Hall said. “Our modern operating systems provide more safety and security than ever before.”

Roger Kay, contributing technology writer for Forbes offers suggestions for Windows XP and Internet Explorer users on how to best handle this breach:

“The real choice for XP/IE users is get off IE or get off XP, with the former being a free, quick fix and the latter being a better long-term solution that costs money, potentially an entirely new system,” Kay said. “For those who can afford it, upgrading from XP to Windows 7 (Win7) or Windows 8 (Win8) is the right move, particularly if the user wants to keep using IE.”

All users should download the patch immediately. It can be downloaded and installed via the Microsoft Update and Windows Update services, as well as through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).


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