Windows XP

Due to Active Exploits by Nation-state Entities, Microsoft Patches Windows XP Again

The operating system that wouldn’t die. Microsoft is faced, once again, with patching an operating system versions that are no longer in a supported state due to serious vulnerabilities currently being exploited in the wild by nefarious characters. The updates won’t be made available through any automated updating mechanism, but instead Microsoft is providing the updates as downloads for manual installation. Microsoft security advisory 4025685: Guidance for older platforms: June 13, 2017 The updates are for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2003. Details on delivering updates for older platforms: June 2017 security update release Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Sa...

New Security Update for Windows XP on Microsoft’s Download Site

Microsoft continues to patch holes in Windows XP, even after the operating system lost extended support on April 8, 2014. The latest update is available through the Microsoft Download site: Security Update for Windows XP (KB982316) A security issue has been identified that could allow an authenticated local attacker to compromise your system and gain control over it.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft Makes Unprecedented Move to Protect Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 against the WannaCry Attack

Sponsored Blog The WannaCry global ransomware attack that started early this month has spread around the world and infected hundreds of companies both big and small. The ransomware exploits the same vulnerability in practically every version of the Windows operating system. It leverages the EternalBlue Windows exploit that came out of an NSA leak last month and was released on WikiLeaks, highlighting a critical software vulnerability in the Windows Server Message Block (SMB). Microsoft released a patch (MS17-010) for its supported operating systems on March 14, and, more than 60 days later, organizations that did not patch their Windows systems scrambled to do so. If you have applied the patch for the Windows SMB vulnerability, then you have nothing to worry about. If you haven’t, you’re s...

Microsoft Patches Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Against Wannacry

The massive ransomware attack late last week prompted Microsoft to do something it said it would never do – provide security updates for those using retired operating systems Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Today many of our customers around the world and the critical systems they depend on were victims of malicious “WannaCrypt” software. Seeing businesses and individuals affected by cyberattacks, such as the ones reported today, was painful. Microsoft worked throughout the day to ensure we understood the attack and were taking all possible actions to protect our customers. This blog spells out the steps every individual and business should take to stay protected. Additionally, we are taking the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windo...

Gmail to Lose Windows XP and Vista Support This Year

Google stopped releasing updates for its Chrome web browser for Windows XP and Windows Vista after version 49, in hopes that users would migrated away from Microsoft’s unsupported operating systems to take advantage of Chrome’s new features and better security. While the number is dwindling, there are still many running these old, unsupported versions of Windows. In December 2017, Google will stop supporting Gmail in Chrome running on Windows XP and Windows Vista. Gmail will still work, but Google will start redirecting users to an feature-hampered HTML version of Gmail. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!