Once again, security threats are prompting Microsoft to provide patches for Windows XP, which theoretically isn't supposed to be supported by them anymore. While it sucks to have to support old systems like this, it's a good call on their part. Security weaknesses in one version of Windows can weaken the entire ecosystem by allowing the spread of malicious software.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15790030/microsoft-windows-xp-vista-security-updates-june-2017
6
LVL 20

Expert Comment

by:Kyle Santos
iirc Windows 7 systems were far more impacted?  But yes that sucks they have to keep up supporting a relic OS like XP.  I still talk to members on our site that tell me they're still using XP!!!  Amazing.
1
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks for the heads up Brian!  I'll shoot out an advisory email to all my clients about it. Must update my XP VM that I fire up occasionally too.
1
LVL 35

Expert Comment

by:Andrew Leniart
Just read that article and was interested to read this.. "Windows XP computers were mostly immune to WannaCry"

Not that I'm condoning folks should continue to run XP of course, but I found this very interesting "Almost all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7"

Just goes to show how slack a lot of people are with regards to downloading their updates I guess.
0
LVL 140
although we have plenty of clients, that had missing updates since Feb 2017, and they were not caught out!

because FIREWALLs and GROUP POLICIES, and restricted Applications!

The layered approach!
0

Keep in touch with Experts Exchange

Tech news and trends delivered to your inbox every month