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Microsoft patching perilous hole in IE Internet browser

SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft Thursday 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 U.S. 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.

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