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Microsoft Patch Tuesday preview confirms Windows XP reprieve was a one-off

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Fri May 09 2014, 13:02
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MICROSOFT HAS RELEASED details of May's Patch Tuesday bug-fix fiesta, confirming that the recent Windows XP patch was a one-off.

Following the discovery of a major Internet Explorer (IE) web browser exploit, Microsoft issued a surprise patch for Windows XP, for which it had dropped further support on 8 April.

This month's list, which will be rolled out on Tuesday 13 May, consists of eight bulletins, made up of two critical fixes and six rated as important - the largest haul of the year to date.

One of the patches ranked as critical is a further fix for vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, and this time, Windows XP is definitely not included.

Trustwave threat intelligence manager Karl Sigler reiterated that it's "likely that this security bulletin will include vulnerabilities seen exploited in the wild and those running Windows XP will be out of luck.

"The [Windows XP] operating system still represents approximately thirty percent of all Windows users. If you haven't upgraded yet, it's a good time now!"

Recent market share figures from Net Applications confirmed that the end of Windows XP supporthas had little impact on the popularity of the operating system, with a drop of just over one percent in the first month following its end of life.

A number of organisations have opted for alternatives to upgrading, including the UK government, which purchased extended support at a cost of $5.5m to allow more time for upgrading, and the Chinese government, which has announced it will arrange to receive patches due to the volumes of PCs involved. µ


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