Microsoft Issues Update For New Zero Day Attack, Includes XP
The new ZombieLoad Zero day vulnerability announced by Intel, Microsoft, and others has resulted in many patches being released by many computing industry giants. In the case of Microsoft this ZombieLoad vulnerability is impactful enough to warrant updating Windows XP in May 2019 five years after it's support retirement, as well as other of their affected Operating Systems. This ZombieLoad vulnerability has major potential to become a very devastating set of attacks on a high number of computers which does justify Microsoft's decision to execute updating Windows XP in May 2019 and there is quite a bit of supporting research and discovery to back that up. This is very much like the previously encountered Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in that it can allow attackers to gather sensitive information through side-channel speculative execution and other vulnerabilities within the compromised computer's CPU architecture.