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Microsoft issues initial Windows XP patch in 3 years to stymie ‘WannaCrypt’

Microsoft on Friday took a rare step of arising rags for long-demoted versions of Windows, including Windows XP, to immunize PCs from fast-spreading ransomware that has crippled machines worldwide.

To stymie “WannaCrypt” attacks — that encrypted files on thousands of PCs used by a U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS), causing disharmony in many hospitals — Microsoft published rags for Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. All had been late from support: Windows XP in Apr 2014, Windows 8 in Jun 2016, Windows Server in Jul 2015.

“We are holding a rarely surprising step of providing a confidence refurbish for all business to strengthen Windows platforms that are in tradition support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003,” pronounced Phillip Misner, a principal confidence organisation manager during a Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRM), in a post to a association blog late Friday.

In fact, Microsoft has never released confidence updates for program as prolonged late from support as Windows XP, that fell off a list some-more than 3 years ago.