N/APosted on - 12/24/2014
Microsoft has announced that as a result of it stopping support to the Windows XP version in April, 2014, XP users can now be be exposed to a zero day forever risk. This threat will arise from reverse engineered security patches for its new versions. What does this mean and what is the solution for XP users?
What is the threat to XP users from zero day forever?
A zero day attack is an attack that damaged a previously unknown vulnerability in a computer application or operating system. It is called a "zero-day" because the programmer has had zero days to fix the issue. Once a patch is available, it is no longer a "zero-day exploit". It is common for individuals or companies who discover zero-day attacks to sell them to government agencies for use in cyberwarfare.
The solution is: Keeping the computer’s software up-to-date. Users need to be careful when clicking on links or opening email attachments with images or PDF files, even if the sender is someone they know.