We’ve had false starts before, but this time Microsoft really *are* going to tell the world about security vulnerabilities in Windows and *not* patch them in XP.
As soon as Microsoft releases its regular bundle of security patches later today, the clock starts ticking.
Because malicious hackers and penetration testers will be exploring how they can reverse-engineer Microsoft’s fixes in more modern versions of Windows to see if they can be exploited on the no-longer-supported Windows XP.
And, trust me, although the numbers are falling – there are still plenty of home users and businesses running computers on Windows XP.
Oh, and don’t forget your Adobe updates for Flash, Reader, and more!
NOTE: Windows XP still garners 26.29% of total NetMarketShare – Choose Operating System by Version. Windows 7 is at 49.27% Between them Windows 7 and Windows XP hold 3/4 of all the global market share. Every other OS fits in the last 1/4 of the Operating System by Version pie.
Key improvements in IE9 include improved performance, security, and privacy. Of major significance are the results of the independent testing conducted by NSS Labs, referenced below, in which IE10 with App Rep had a mean malware block rate of 99.1%.
More about CPU, Windows 7 32/64 bit requirements, check to see if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit by clicking a link on the article, and of course the download links, and more, all on SecurityGarden’s posting.
Oh, another cool feature of IE10, is one that is already built into Google Chrome. Flash is incorporated within IE10 and updated within the browser. Hopefully that will work out well over time for both browsers. And hopefully they will not fall down on their vigilance in being very fast in getting the Flash updates incorporated as they are released.