Adrienne Hall: Microsoft's infosec apologist.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was only joking, apparently: Windows XP is getting the latest critical patch for Internet Explorer versions 6, 7 and 8.
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Gregg Keizer rules, dude:
Microsoft today shipped an emergency update for Internet Explorer. ... In an unexpected move, Microsoft allowed Windows XP machines to receive the update [but] made plain that today's release was the exception, not the rule. ... Microsoft dropped XP from its support list three weeks ago.
…The update itself, designated MS13-021, was straightforward, or at least compared to the ruckus over XP. [It] patched a single vulnerability in IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9, IE10 and the newest, IE11. [It] can be downloaded and installed via the Microsoft Update and Windows Update services, as well as through...WSUS. MORE
And Larry Seltzer notes this gotcha:
Further information on the update may be found at KB2964358. Among the advice there, IE will crash if you install the update on a Windows 7 system that does not have KB2929437 installed.
…We successfully installed it on a test system. MORE
Adrienne Hall is Microsoft's security muckety-muck; she blogs thuswise:
News coverage...about a vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) has been tough for our customers and for us. [So] when we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we said fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers. So we did.
…Of course we’re proud that so many people loved Windows XP, but the reality is that the threats we face today...have really outpaced the ability to protect those customers. ... We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP.
…Just because this update is out now doesn’t mean you should stop thinking about getting off Windows XP. ... Modern operating systems provide more safety and security than ever before. MORE
"Disaster tourist, nuclear physics nerd, devil with a plasma torch, semi-professional hedgehog herder, hypomanic pixie dream girl, and adjunct professor" Aloria calls for an intervention:
Microsoft's attitude towards patching XP is like my attitude towards drinking.
"Just one more! This is the last one, I swear!" MORE
But Jack Daniel pours over this sober reflection:
MS had to patch every other version of IE for every current OS. It isn't like tossing one over the wall for this was a big deal.
…But hypers gotta hype. MORE
Meanwhile, Quentyn Taylor cuts his cloth to suit: [You're fired -Ed.]
So Microsoft blinked 1st.
…Bet those who paid $$$$$ for extended support feel queasy. MORE
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