At least for most mortals that are still rocking the retired operating system. Microsoft recently confirmed a critical security flaw in Internet Explorer that is affecting all versions of the OS.
This includes Windows XP, the platform that reached end of support earlier this month.
Microsoft already detailed the vulnerability a couple of days ago in a security advisory, confirming that attacks that are exploiting this flaw have already been spotted. And now the company has posted a revision explaining that investigation continues on this serious matter.
In fact, it might even speed up the release of a patch.
Now normally, the software titan fixes issues like this on Patch Tuesday, but depending on the severity of the situation, it often rolls them out a bit sooner. Here is what the company says:
“On completion of our investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs.”
The flaw, as you might be aware, affects all versions of Internet Explorer, this side of IE 10 and IE 11, as these newer versions of the browser are protected from these exploits.
And even though there have been calls from the Windows XP community to fix this flaw, and then retire the operating system, chances are that the operating system and the associated browser version are going to remain vulnerable to attacks.