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Microsoft releases security updates for older versions of Windows

WannaCry fears push Microsoft to release security updates for old operating systems

Typically, the company only releases updates for operating systems it continues to support, but it has now made an exception.
Typically, the company only releases updates for operating systems it continues to support, but it has now made an exception.

The WannaCry outbreak has forced Microsoft to release new security updates for older versions of Windows, including Windows XP.

Typically, the company only releases updates for operating systems it continues to support, however due to the risk of potential cyber-attacks on systems Microsoft has decided to reassess its policy.

Microsoft released patches to fix 94 vulnerabilities out of which 27 fix remote code execution issues which can allow an attacker to remotely take control of victim machines. This is a massive update and fixes more than double the number of vulnerabilities as compared to the last two months.

Adrienne Hall, the head of Microsoft's Cyber Defense Operations Center, said: "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 [alternative name to WannaCry]."

The WannaCry ransomware worm came to light in May which took advantage of unpatched versions of Windows and encrypted millions of computers on a global scale.

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