Microsoft recently released an official statement confirming that Windows XP is also vulnerable to a newly discovered Zero-Day flaw. The security flaw affects users of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The programs that initiate this security flaw are Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office 2007 on any combination of the aforementioned operating systems.
“Currently, we are only aware of targeted attacks against Office 2007 users, In those attacks, Windows XP was the operating system seen in use.”
Microsoft says users of its new Office 2013 package will not be affected in any way regardless of their operating system, so you can run Office 2013 on Windows XP and still be secure. Microsoft’s statement already includes a DIY fix that users can undertake to secure their system if they are potentially affected by the zero-day flaw. An automatic Windows Update is expected to be released in the coming weeks that will fix the problem without users having to do anything at all.
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