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Critical Internet Explorer Flaw Patched, Even for XP

2014-05-02 09:07 by
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Microsoft released a security update for its Internet Explorer browser Thursday to fix a bug that allowed hackers to take over a computer. There is an update even for Windows XP, the outdated operating system that Microsoft officially stopped supporting April 8.

"We take a huge amount of pride that, among widely used browsers, IE is the safest in the world due to its secure development and ability to protect customers, even in the face of cybercriminals who want to break it," Adrienne Hall, the general manager of trustworthy computing for Microsoft, wrote. "This means that when we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we said fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers. So we did."

The patch, delivered at 10 a.m. Thursday, comes out of Microsoft's usual Patch Tuesday cycle because of its severity. First revealed last Saturday (April 26), the vulnerability, present in IE 6 through 11, was so severe that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security even recommended that people avoid using Internet Explorer until the flaw was patched.

Now that Microsoft has pushed out the patch, the update should install automatically if you have Automatic Updates enabled on your PC.

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