Microsoft has released a security update for Internet Explorer after a flaw allowing hackers to circumvent security protocols in Windows was found.
The company, which recentlyended support for Windows XP, said the update would be available to users on all versions of Windows – including those using XP – due to the close proximity to the end of support.
General manager of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing division Adrienne Hall said the threat had been overstated.
“The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown,” she said.
“When we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we said “fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers”. So we did.”
She said for most people the download of the security fix would be automatic, however it could be downloaded manually by clicking “Check for Updates” in the Control Panel.
Hall also urged users of Windows XP to upgrade to a new version of the operating system.
“Of course we’re proud that so many people loved Windows XP, but the reality is that the threats we face today from a security standpoint have really outpaced the ability to protect those customers using an operating system that dates back over a decade,” she said.
She said the company would continue to make the browser more secure.
“This connected world, which brings so much goodness to consumers and businesses, also has a dark side: people and organisations who seek to disrupt technology use and steal information,” she said.
“Today, we made our browser a bit safer. Next month, it will be better still.”