Patch Tuesday Includes Fixes For Ancient Windows XP And To Tackle WannaCry

Patch Tuesday Includes Fixes For Ancient Windows XP And To Tackle WannaCry

Patch Tuesday Includes Fixes For Ancient Windows XP And To Tackle WannaCry

In hopes to avoid any more destructive cyberattacks, Microsoft has rolled out on Wednesday a host of security patches for Windows devices meant to obstruct malware attacks like resembling the WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May.

The updates come one month after the WannaCry ransomware attacks targeted computers around the globe.

We still feel very strongly that you should have left XP and Server 2003 behind years ago, given that newer Windows versions contain a wide range of security mitigations that simply can't be retrofitted to older versions.

Microsoft's latest patch comes with a stern warning but failed to reveal the source that led the software titan to believe how government organisations could leverage new vulnerabilities to attack Windows computers.

If you have automatic updates enabled and you're running a version of Windows Microsoft still supports, you don't need to do anything as Windows will download and install the updates automatically.

OK., so this isn't the most exciting Windows 10 Mobile update ever disseminated.

Microsoft patched the vulnerability exploited by WannaCry in its newer operating systems a month before The Shadow Brokers released the exploit.

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However, while Microsoft is once again patching these older operating systems, you shouldn't get used to this kind of special attention. An "unsupported" operating system is one that has lapsed beyond Microsoft's 10-year product support policy.

The updates for Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003 - which were retired from support in April 2014, June 2016, and July 2015, respectively - made it two months running that Microsoft has delivered fixes for bugs in obsolete software.

To give an idea of the seriousness of this month's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has made a decision to include patches for a number of legacy operating systems it no longer supports.

Providing patches for Windows XP is a potentially unsafe thing to do. The patches associated with these advisories address issues other than what was patched with the March MS17-010 security update. Windows XP users were mostly affected by the said malware attack. To find the desired updates, go to Security Adviser 4025685, and choose Older Platforms Table 3 of 3.

In explaining its patches for older systems, Microsoft writes in a blog that the updates will "protect against potential nation-state activity". In anofficial blog post, Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Cyber Defense Operations Center at Microsoft found that the three vulnerabilities in the Windows OS could prove to be detrimental for its users.

Microsoft echoed that, albeit in more legalistic language.

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