(MENAFN - Arab News) San francisco: microsoft has released a patch for 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 began 'pushing" patches as automated updates to a 'critical" flaw at 1700 gmt.
people whose machines are not set to automatically update microsoft software need to tend to the process.
'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.
'the security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously."
a us government cybersecurity watchdog warned computer users ealier against using a version of the microsoft internet explorer browser with a security hole.