Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is preparing to end support for Windows XP. Microsoft will officially stop supporting Windows XP on April 8th, but is still honoring a commitment to plug security holes in the older operating system until then. Tomorrow Microsoft will release a patch that is rated as “important” or “critical.”
The update will apply to Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3. One of the patches will address the zero-day security hole that was found in Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10.
Microsoft described this issue as a “remote code execution vulnerability” so it issued a quick “Fix-it” patch. “Critical” updates are issued to fix an exploitation that could allow code execution without user interaction like malware and “important” updates address vulnerabilities whose exploitation could result in a compromise of user data.
[Source: Digital Trends]