A couple of last minute additions to Patch Tuesday address security holes in Windows XP
Today is the second Tuesday of the month, which means it's time to download a collection of security fixes from Microsoft. Otherwise known as Patch Tuesday, today's collection includes seven security bulletins, including two late additions that fill up patch remote code execution holes in Windows XP. These are some of the last updates Windows XP will ever receive, as Microsoft plans to stop supporting the legacy OS on April 8, 2014.
Five of the seven bulletins pertain to Windows 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft's consumer OS. Three of them are rated Critical and also deal with Remote Code Execution, while the other two are rated Important, one of which fixes a vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services and the other a security flaw in IPv6 that could allow a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.
Windows RT is the recipient of three Critical and three Important updates, while Windows RT 8.1 gets three Critical and two Important updates.
The updates are available now via Windows Update.