Microsoft has released a security update for Internet Explorer to resolve the critical vulnerability announced earlier this week. The Internet Explorer vulnerability could be exploited to give a remote attacker control of a user’s computer, letting them install more malicious software onto the machine. This update will be downloaded and installed automatically through Windows Update and will patch all versions of Internet Explorer (IE 6 – IE 11). The update will require a system reboot after installation to complete the patch and should not be delayed.
Computers with Windows XP
Microsoft has made the decision to issue the security update for Windows XP users even though the operating system is no longer supported. Windows XP users are still strongly encouraged to upgrade to Windows 7 and should not expect additional updates. Contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with upgrading to Windows 7.