Microsoft Security Update
Earlier this week I told you about a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser that could let hackers gain access to your computer. Microsoft released a security update on Thursday, May 1, 2014 to resolve the problem.
What Should You Do Now?
- If you have Automatic Updates enabled, then you should not have to do anything, because this security update will be downloaded and installed automatically. However, you may have to reboot your computer after downloading and installing updates.
- For those who do not have automatic updating enabled, you can install the security update manually. Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update immediately using update management software, or by checking for updates using the Microsoft Update service.
- You really ought to have Automatic Updates enabled. Instructions to turn automatic updating on or off can be found on Microsoft’s website.
Windows XP Updated Too
Surprisingly, Microsoft also released a security update for Windows XP, even though Microsoft officially ended support for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. I’m not sure why Microsoft decided to issue a patch for Windows XP, but I think it speaks volumes about the severity of this bug, as well as the number of systems still using Windows XP.
IE Security Bug Details
- Details about the Internet Explorer vulnerability were first described in Microsoft’s Security Advisory 296398.
- Information about the security update, on the other hand, can be found in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-021 and in Knowledge Base Article 296511.
Remember that the bug affects Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11. Microsoft recommends that individuals and small businesses use the Windows automatic updating feature to install the fixes from Microsoft Update
Please give us a call at 434-882-7638 if you have any concerns or questions about the security of your web browser or website.