Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2014 16:45 UTC
Internet Explorer

Despite XP's end of support, Microsoft is still going to release the fix for the recent Internet Explorer vulnerability for the ageing operating system.

Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we've decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today. We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP. The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say we don’t take these reports seriously. We absolutely do.

If you're still on Windows XP, you deserve to be insecure. Get a modern operating system - Windows 7/8, OS X, Linux, anything. XP is outdated crap, and it's time to move on.

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If you are sure there are many stories like this, why do you doubt the authenticity?

Maybe you bought a $100K oscilloscope back in 2008 with Windows XP. Now you need to pay $30K to have it upgraded to Windows 7 to keep having it connected to your corporate network, be able to print and share scope shots and control it remotely.

The real issue is not replacing your ageing PC with a new one. The real issue is how to uphold security of the Internet of Things where software is not easily upgradable. Just imagine how many devices, routers, mobile phones, media boxes, toasters etc. which are still affected by the Heartbleed bug!

Edited 2014-05-01 19:04 UTC

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