Final Patch Tuesday Quietly Ushers Out XP and 2003

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If the exit of Windows XP sounds a little uneventful, keep in mind that administrators are still dealing with the fallout from the recent Pwn2Own competition, which revealed vulnerabilities in all of the major browsers and in Adobe’s Flash Player plug-in. This triggered updates from Google, Mozilla and Apple, in addition to this month’s Internet Explorer cumulative update. Microsoft also re-issued Security Advisory 2755801, which is a notification to update the Flash Player plug-in now native in Internet Explorer. This is the twenty-second revision to this advisory, and we can expect to see many more revisions going forward as long as the bad guys continue to target the Adobe Flash Player plug-in for Web browsers.

In the final Patch Tuesday for Windows XP and Office 2003, Microsoft released four patches today, two critical and two important, that cover a total of just 11 CVEs. While an unusually small Patch Tuesday, it isn’t surprising that Microsoft included final fixes in XP and Office 2003. For that reason, this is an important Patch Tuesday for users who rely on the outdated platforms and applications that move to self-support this month. Here's a closer look at this month's patches, provided by Russ Ernst, director product management, Lumension.


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