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Microsoft Issues Last Security Patch for Windows XP SP2

Microsoft's upcoming 'Patch Tuesday' security update will contain a security patch for the Windows Help and Support Center vulnerability that was publicly disclosed by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy.

The Windows Help and Support Center in Windows XP allows users to download Help topics in order to troubleshoot problems they may encounter on the platform from time to time.

Ormandy claims he as driven to releasing details of the vulnerability after Microsoft failed to provide a patch for it. Ormandy went on to receive heavy criticism from both Microsoft and the security community after the vulnerability was exploited by hackers in thousands of Windows XP systems.

The Windows Help update is one of four security patches being released by Microsoft under the upcoming Patch Tuesday release. The company has said this will be last security update it releases for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2000.

Qualys CTO Wolfgang Kandek, said in a statement that “Windows XP SP2 users are advised to upgrade to SP3, which will be supported throughout 2014. Windows 2000 users need to upgrade to a different version of the operating system altogether, as the entire Windows 2000 line is discontinued.”