Microsoft has released security patch to fix the Internet Explorer Bug that had many Windows users worried across the globe. The bug threat was so severe that UK and US homeland security advised web users to avoid browsing with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer until a security patch is released.
On Thursday Microsoft posted the security update on its blog post stating “we released a security update to address the Internet Explorer (IE) vulnerability, this security update addresses every version of Internet Explorer.”
The blog says that Microsoft is aware of limited number of target attacks and urges all Internet Explorer users to install the update without any delay.
Windows users who have automatic updates setting enable will receive this security upgrade automatically but those who have alternate settings are advised to download the fix.
“For those manually updating, we strongly encourage you to apply this update as quickly as possible, following the directions in the released security bulletin.” suggests the blog posted by Microsoft.
It is noticeable that the zero day vulnerability was also found in older Internet Explorer 6 that works with decade old operating system Windows XP. Microsoft officially ended security support to XP in early April but it has made a surprising decision to release a security patch for XP users as well.
“We have made the decision to issue a security update for Windows XP users. Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, and we continue to encourage customers to migrate to a modern operating system”
Due to severity of the bug Microsoft thought it is its moral duty to protect consumers using its age old software. But the software giant also makes it clear that XP users shouldn’t expect such support in the future and should switch to newer operating systems.