Microsoft released WannaCry Ransomware Patch in the last month for the systems that don’t get mainstream support from the company. Although it was unpredictable, the Microsoft team released a special patch for unsupported Windows systems as the whole world was under the impact of ferocious WannaCry ransomware attack.
This Tuesday, Microsoft releases additional Windows XP Patch again in order to protect the Windows users from destructive Cyberattacks. These updates are available for unsupported versions of Windows including Windows XP, WindowsVista, Windows 8 and Server 2003.
Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Cyber Defense Operations Center at Microsoft, says
“In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyber attacks by government organizations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors or other copycat organizations. To address this risk, today we are providing additional security updates along with our regular Update Tuesday service. These security updates are being made available to all customers, including those using older versions of Windows. Due to the elevated risk for destructive cyber attacks at this time, we made the decision to take this action because applying these updates provides further protection against potential attacks with characteristics similar to WannaCrypt.”
The supported versions of Windows are enabled to get automatic updates, therefore, they are always protected. On the other hand, the older versions that are no longer supported lack the security features. Thus it is always recommended to keep your Windows systems up-to-date and avoid using outdated Windows versions.
Although Microsoft is providing Windows XP Patch, it doesn’t mean that Microsoft is altering the policies about unsupported Windows versions. The motive behind offering this additional security updates is to keep the worldwide users secure and to encourage them to upgrade their systems to the latest Windows versions.