Tech giant, Microsoft has issued warning to XP users of a bug that can allow attackers to take over computers, the report stated that the vulnerability, which affects Windows XP and Server 2003 is being actively exploited.

The bug was found by the security firm, FireEye, who found that it allows the attacker to attach on to a known bug within older versions of Adobe Reader, and enables them to escalate access into the computer’s system and install their own code.

Microsoft are aware of the attacks and have issued a temporary fix that closes the vulnerable loophole, however the application of this fix could prevent use of some of the regularly used Windows functions.

Despite Windows XP being outmoded by Windows 7 and 8, 1 in 3 PCs still run XP. Microsoft have advised these customers to turn off the affected services, although this could prevent some other functionalities such as networking services, including the use of the PC to work remotely or over a virtual private network (VPN).

The company is currently working on a comprehensive solution, which they hope to include in a future security update.

With the pending end of life for Windows XP and Office 2003, security updates such as these will no longer be supplied, as of April 2014.

For more information, the advice and statement from Microsoft can be found here.

Source: BBC News

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