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Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for IE, Covers XP
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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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5/1/2014 | 3:37:02 PM
Surprising twist, indeed.
Glad that Microsoft did the right thing and included XP in the patch. Hope it signifies a trend...
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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5/1/2014 | 4:02:29 PM
Re: Surprising twist, indeed.
It was a relatively fast turnaound for a bug that Microsoft is saying was not being widely abused. And it was especially diligent of Microsoft to include XP in this patch. 
Randy Naramore
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Randy Naramore,
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5/2/2014 | 10:16:07 AM
Re: Surprising twist, indeed.
I agree, seems as though there have been alot of emergency patches for one thing or another lately.
securityaffairs
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securityaffairs,
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5/2/2014 | 10:00:23 AM
Re: Surprising twist, indeed.
The real problem is that similar problems will reoccur frequently. Unfortunately, to date XP is still extremely prevalent in many areas, let's think of the bank and the industrial control systems, these areas are particularly critical and a massive migration to other OSs is not so easy ... paradoxically, these areas are the main targets of cyber criminals and state-sponsored hackers.
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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5/2/2014 | 10:11:02 AM
Re: Surprising twist, indeed.
@securityaffairs -- You make a great point about how much the threat landscape has changed in the years since XP has been in service. It raises a really good question about how long a company like Microsoft should support end-of-life products in the area of security. Given how embedded XP still is, I would think that ongoing patching is one area that should be continued, as they are doing with the Explorer bug
securityaffairs
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securityaffairs,
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5/2/2014 | 4:44:37 PM
Re: Surprising twist, indeed.
@Marilyn Cohodas First of all Thanks! Cyber security is a shared responsibility, software vendors, governments and population must be aware of the risks related to the exploitation of zero-day flaws within products that are no more supported like WinXP. Security could not be considered a cost, the real cost is the one that must be paid by the collectivity in case of incidents.

I've really appreciated the choice of Microsoft to fix the flaw also for XP.

Let me suggest the read of my recent post on the topic ...

http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/23771/hacking/windows-xp-deadline.html

In the post I proposed interesting statistics on the diffusion of XP that give us an idea on the possible impact of a vulnerability. I have also updated the graph to see the current diffusion of XP world wide ... the market share is nearly 15% ....

http://gs.statcounter.com/#desktop-os-ww-monthly-201405-201405-bar

We cannot leave 15% of machines vulnerable ... we cannot forget that the remaining 85% relies on their security because they share in many cases same networks ... they are everywhere, they surround us.
spitball
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spitball,
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5/2/2014 | 6:21:24 PM
Re: Surprising twist, indeed.
It absolutely should not be a trend. XP is no longer supported and the fact that this was relaesed was extremely fortunate for the laggards who refuse to get off of XP. This didnt sneak up on anyone, these companies have had years to prepare for this, and to blame a few critical apps they just couldnt get off, is just lazy. You cannot exist for long on an unsupported OS. Next time choose software that doesnt pin you to a 13 year old OS and 9 year old browser.
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LucasZa,
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5/2/2014 | 1:58:14 PM
This casts a spotlight on Windows XP
From my AccessData blog post: This 0day exploit is just a preview of what's to come. When the next patch Tuesday rolls around May 13, Windows XP users will be left defenseless as attackers release exploits to take advantage of unpatched systems. With a 26.29 percent share of the desktop PC market, Windows XP is everywhere. Attackers seeking to compromise systems en masse can hardly wait. In fact, XP is installed on more PCs than Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Vista combined. As a security professional, I'm extremely frightened of the approaching storm. The sheer number of soon to be vulnerable XP systems combined with the level of attacker activity we're faced with will likely generate unprecedented events. For those of you still using Windows XP that cannot upgrade, I recommend reading my prior blog post for advice on how to mitigate the vulnerable state you'll be left in. I'll be sure to write more blog posts on attacker activity and mitigation techniques as events unfold.


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