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Microsoft patching perilous hole in IE Web browser

Published on May 2, 2014 1:39 AM
 
Microsoft Thursday was poised to patch a perilous hole in its Internet Explorer browser that hackers could slip through to invade computers. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Microsoft Thursday was poised to patch a perilous hole in its Internet Explorer browser that hackers could slip through to invade computers.

The flaw was deemed so dangerous that the US software colossus planned to take the unusual step of releasing a fix for its aged Windows XP operating system, which it officially stopped supporting last month.

Microsoft said it will release the patches at 1700 GMT.

"When we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we decided to fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers," Microsoft general manager of trustworthy computing Adrienne Hall said in a blog post.

 
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