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Microsoft’s move to patch massive Windows XP flaw called ‘an act of utter stupidity’

05
May
2014

A massive security vulnerability was recently discovered in Microsoft’s popular web browser, Internet Explorer, that could potentially “corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer.” Versions 6 through 11 of Internet Explorer were all affected, and Microsoft acted quickly in creating and releasing patches to address the issue. Among the fixes released by Microsoft was one for Windows XP, which is still in use on one-quarter of all computers in the world. There’s a problem with that, however: Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in early April. Microsoft’s move to stop supporting XP was expected, and users have been warned many times over the past couple

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