Microsoft to fix Internet Explorer vulnerability along with other system exploits next week

Next week, Microsoft is set to patch a collection of security loopholes that have served as a major vulnerability within Internet Explorer. A few months ago, security firm FireEye, discovered that they could exploit machines by using a piece of code that was drilled up by hackers. A second security confirm, Websense, later confirmed the issue and now a patch is ready to be sent out this Tuesday.

Microsoft released a small “Fix-It” tool to fix the issue (opens in new tab) for those who were aware of the exploit, but the mass update will finally be rolling out to everyone aware or unaware of the issue at hand. At the time of the tools released, Microsoft marked the exploit as “Critical” – this is the company’s top classification for security exploits.

In addition to the Internet Explorer patch that Microsoft will be rolling out, another security update will be released to fix an issue tied to x86 based Windows 8 machines (that means, Windows RT is not included). The apparent exploit allowed hackers to execute remote code on compromised machines.

Windows XP Ending Soon

Security expert, Wolfgang Kande, stated the following regarding Microsoft’s collection of updates that will land this Tuesday and the now dying Windows XP operating system that serves as another reminder to move on:

"Windows XP is affected by all five updates, and there is really no reason to expect this picture to change; Windows XP will continue to be impacted by the majority of vulnerabilities found in the Windows ecosystem, but you will not be able to address the issues anymore, Windows XP is getting its penultimate update and is now very close (just over 30 days) to its declared end of life date."

Lastly, Silverlight will also receive an update to fix an issue that allowed security features to be bypassed by streaming content on both Windows and Max OS X machines.

Sit tight for March 11, as the security updates will be headed your way. Have you heard about the update previously – did you patch the issue with the “Fix-It” tool?


Michael Archambault
  • Not heard, maybe affected.
  • XP..
  • that a Mac keyboard I see on the table?
  • More likely its that new Dell that looks just like a Mac.
  • Oh that's a windows Laptop for sure, but the keyboard besides it, looks like:
  • And mouse...
  • The new HP ultra looks amazing and is cheaper than mac and is way prettier than mac
  • Yeah, both the keyboard and mouse. Wtf Microsoft...
  • It's a calculator
  • 5 out of 9 software I daily use at work are not compatible with anything higher than XP. Kill switch will make me jobless.
  • I've always wondered, why have the developers of these softwares not updated for this long? Their product only works on something over a decade out-dated. 
  • Money and possibly laziness. Why bother upgrading something for free when you can just charge for it year by year?
  • Would think about a switch in the products you use. i guess in the last decade someone somewhere will have a better solution developed for you. My company still uses XP as well but everything I need is also running on my WIn8.1Pro notebook.
  • Use a VM?
  • There is a lot of great legacy music/sound editing software that is no longer made and doesn't work on anything above XP
  • Heh - Saw a job posting very recently for a newspaper publisher that listed specifically "managing Win 95 in a virtualized environment," among other desired OS experience.
  • Talk about lagging behind, win95! Lool
  • I have no trouble with Windows/Xbox related news, and I know it has some connection to the site topic, but lately I see a lot of non WP Microsoft related news. Maybe it will be better to do a weekly "off topic" MS news post, to sum the week ? Or, change the site to MS central, and go more in depth with non WP MS products. Just a suggestion.
  • Well they have an editor just for Microsoft news :) He would be without a job with your suggestion
  • Then he is clearly reporting on the wrong windows "phone" site. Don't see the relevance between IE and Windows Phone, this site is going so far off the rails. If it was referencing IE for Windows Phone too then that's fair enough, but this article just focuses on Windows
  • Think of it this way, it's all part of the ecosystem. Better IE (or any MS product) --> better perception of Microsoft --> more likely people will use and develop for Microsoft Products in the future, includng WP. 
  • Well, Windows Phone 8 uses the same kernel as all Windows NT systems (obviously XP, Vista, and 7 are outdated now) it is kind of related. Not to mention, at some point, we'll see the two platforms being even more related than they are now. Though I will concede that reporting on XP is a bit off base.
  • Windows NT 5 series is only ending April 1 NT 5.0 Windows 2000
    NT 5.1 Windows XP
    NT 5.2 Windows XP 64 Windows NT 6 series all good for now! NT 6.0 Windows Vista
    NT 6.1 Windows 7
    NT 6.2 Windows 8
    NT 6.3 Windows 8.1 NT 7.0 Windows 9 or whatever they want to call it.
  • I think it is good wpc are reporting this sort of news. Having wp, u may have other products and, seeing as ms is attempting to amalgamate all the disparate elements into an overriding and conjoined ecosystem; this sort of news becomes increasingly relevant. If you're not interested don't read it and don't waste your time commenting. Besides, the editors can put up what they want. Back on point, used the patch a while back and glad they're closing this up for good. Still, would like to see faster turnaround times on essential fixes.
  • I never understood the  "Don't read and don't comment and they can do whatever they want so go away" type replies. I'm just trying to suggest something that I think will make this site better. I love this site and care about it, hence me trying to raise a point. Obviously it's not my site to decide about what goes in or out, but I don't think it's wrong to suggest something to the editor...
  • Security vulnerabilities exploiting remote code execution is something that is fixed every Update Tuesday. I don't find anything alarming about this article. Automatic Windows Update does the job for me, I am carefree...
  • Yup, I had heard about it and used the Fixit tool.   It's taken them some time to fix the issue with a real patch though.....  
  • Now give me a reason why people shouldn't troll internet Explorer, this kind of Security issues always involve ie
  • Internet Explorer 11 is awesome! 3 times faster then Chrome 32 and Firefox 27 on load times! IE11 patch is in SP1 for Windows 8.1 Windows Phone 8.1 Regular update for Windows 7
  • *cough* Safari SSL *cough*
  • I thought the article said they are just fixing Internet Explorer at can wish
  • IE11 Patch
    They are across Windows platforms in April Chrome and Firefox just did their patches! -Chrome 32
    -Firefox 27