Exactly two years ago, Microsoft's Windows XP operating system reached its end of life, yet as of March 2016 nearly 11 percent of machines continue to use the defunct OS, the cybersecurity research firm ESET reported today.
Microsoft on Thursday issued a security advisory for a new vulnerability in DirectX, used on Windows to enable graphics and sound, that could enable a remote hacker to execute arbitrary code if users open specially crafted QuickTime files. Microsoft said that it was aware of active attacks using exploit code for the vulnerability. Windows 2000 (SP4), Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 are vulnerable; all versions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are not. — CAM
A flawed update for McAfee VirusScan Enterprise took down an unknown number of corporate systems running Windows XP Service Pack 3 on Wednesday. According to reports, the faulty update caused affected computers to display an error message or a blue screen and to repeatedly reboot. "McAfee is aware that a number of corporate customers may have incurred a false positive error due to incorrect malware alerts," McAfee said in a statement. "The faulty update was quickly removed from all McAfee download servers, preventing any further impact on customers." The security giant apologized for the blunder and issued a fix. It is unknown how many users were affected by the glitch. — AM