No love for Windows XP as Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9

17 03 2011

 

Tuesday, March 14 was the release date for Microsoft’s next version of Internet Explorer, IE9, to be released to the general public. But why will many be unable to download the new edition?
Because Microsoft have dropped support for Windows XP. Yes, the browser comes with HTML5 and improved Javascript support, but to drop XP support? Yep. They’ve done it.
So, there will be no IE9 v Firefox 4 comparison due to the loss of IE9’s compatibility with Windows XP.
R.I.P. Windows XP-capable versions of Internet Explorer




>Windows Media Player ‘Vulnerable’

9 03 2011

>Microsoft has issued warnings Windows Media Player contains a critical vulnerability that could allow remote code execution if a user is tricked into opening a video file.

 

The most serious warning is MS11-015, where Microsoft urgers all Windows users to apply this update, due to the severity and likelihood of an attack code within thirty days.

 
This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability in DirectShow and one privately reported vulnerability in Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center. The more severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Digital Video Recording (.dvr-ms) file. In all cases, a user cannot be forced to open the file; for an attack to be successful, a user must be convinced to do so.

 

Microsoft has rated the update critical for the following versions of Windows:

  • All versions of Windows XP, including Media Center Edition 2005
  • All supported editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Windows Media Center TV Pack for Windows Vista.

The following versions of Windows are not affected:

  • Windows XP Home Edition (SP3)
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition (SP3)
  • Windows Server 2003 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems (R2)

You can download the security update via the Microsoft Download Center