Microsoft announced that they will be releasing a patch for the flawed IE browser problem that was found a little over a week ago.
The patch includes a onetime fix to IE for XP users as well. The company stopped updates for XP users earlier this year -- and said they would no longer provide support for the outdated operating system. When the problem was discovered that IE was vulnerable to attacks -- and the defense department issued a warning that businesses should not use it until the browser was fixed; Microsoft originally released a statement that everyone but XP users would get a patch. They recommended that users upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 for the latest security updates.
The company did bow down this one time for an emergency patch that was announced Thursday morning on the Microsoft website. The company also gave reasoning behind what they deemed was a necessary fix for all OS platforms in a statement.
"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."
Microsoft will go into more detail on Friday, May 2nd during a live web cast. Users of the Windows operating systems can sign up to watch the free web cast to see a more in-depth presentation on the out-of-band security update that will be introduced. The patch is intended to fix IE version 6 through 11 from a security hold that FireEye found earlier this month while testing the vulnerability of the browser.