It hasn't been a month since Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. However, it seems like there are internal problems within the Windows operating system now, most of which is generated via a brand new security threat.
As of now, Microsoft is working to fix a certain bug in its web browser. The bug allows hackers, on the same network, as much access as a legitimate user. The flaw also seems more potent and hazardous when the software is run from the Windows XP operating system.
"Microsoft is aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11," the official page for the same states.
Microsoft says that it has also identified the new vulnerability as a remote code execution vulnerability. So basically, the vulnerability "exists in the way that Internet Explorer accesses an object in memory that has been deleted or has not been properly allocated."
On Sunday, the company warned users of a glitch in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer that potentially gives hackers using a network computer the same level of access as the real user.
The new bug's disclosure has arrived after Microsoft's much talked about decision to stop supporting the Windows XP operating system.
"On completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs," the post adds.
"XP users are not safe anymore and this is the first vulnerability that will be not patched for their system," Internet security firm Symantec Corp. researcher Christian Tripputi wrote in a blog post.