Microsoft issues urgent Windows XP updates to block US spy tools2017-06-14 14:08 by Daniela
Tags: Microsoft, Windows XP
Microsoft released today a number of new patches for all of its older unsupported versions of Windows – including Windows XP and Vista, to prepare for possible attacks from nation states and other invaders.
The software giant has announced previously that it wasn't going to patch these holes in older versions of Windows, but now appears to have changed that policy.
Of course, a precedent had already been set because Microsoft patched Windows XP against WannaCry when the ransomware broke out in rampant and high-profile fashion last month.
"This month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyber attacks by government organizations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors or other copycat organizations," security manager Adrienne Hall wrote in a blog.
Those patches are automatically being installed on more recent versions of Windows, unless users didn't disable automatic updates.
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