Kiwi Developers Find Major Windows XP and IE Security Flaws

These glitches could allow hackers to take control of a vulnerable system

Microsoft rolled out updates for basically every single version of Internet Explorer last week as part of its Patch Tuesday cycle, but a Kiwi security firm says it helped fix two vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 8 and Windows XP.

According to a report by, both security flaws could allow attackers to gain full control of an unpatched system, so the information provided by, a Dimension Data division, was pretty helpful for both Microsoft and users.

The Redmond-based software firm fixed both holes on Patch Tuesday using the integrated Windows Update feature, but the security engineers behind the report claim no one was attacked.

“Dimension Data has no reason to believe that anyone has fallen victim to an attack. Microsoft is thorough in its response when vulnerabilities are brought to its attention. We are pleased to see that this issue has been addressed and we strongly recommend users apply the patch made available through the Windows Update website,” Dimension Data marketing manager Phil Goodwin was quoted as saying.

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