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(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is rushing to fix a bug in its widely used Internet Explorer web browser after a computer security firm disclosed the flaw over the weekend, saying hackers have already exploited it in attacks on some U.S. companies.
PCs running Windows XP will not receive any updates fixing that bug when they are released, however, because Microsoft stopped supporting the 13-year-old operating system earlier this month. Security firms estimate that between 15 and 25 percent of the world's PCs still run Windows XP.
Microsoft disclosed on Saturday its plans to fix the bug in an advisory to its customers posted on its security website, which it said is present in Internet Explorer versions 6 to 11.
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Still, he [Aviv Raff, chief technology officer of cybersecurity firm Seculert, ed.] cautioned that Windows XP users will not benefit from that update since Microsoft has just halted support for that product.
The software maker said in a statement to Reuters that it advises Windows XP users to upgrade to one of two most recently versions of its operating system, Windows 7 or 8.
originally posted by: RationalDespair
I've tried searching the Microsoft website for more technical information about this security leak, but I couldn't find anything about it...
originally posted by: TKDRL
a reply to: Bassago
Not everyone can use linux. A whole lot of programs out there don't support linux at all. Leaves a lot of people with no choice but to use windows for the programs they need. I am in that boat, love linux, would have switched over full time to linux a long time ago if not for the programs I need.
SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen.