Windows XP security update with bug error causes havoc

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An update to Microsoft's anti-malware software for Windows XP has caused systems to crash in the latest issue for those running the ageing platform.

The first update to Microsoft's System Center Forefront Endpoint Protection since the Windows XP end of support date on 8 April, which we discuss in the video below, held a nasty payload in a bug that crashed the program, due to changes in the MPEngine dynamic link library.

Users of Microsoft Technet blamed malware, and suspicion also fell on Microsoft itself breaking compatibility after announcing it would no longer be responsible for ensuring it.

However, some users opposed that view. One wrote: "We cannot blame Microsoft because we've been told a year ago that their support [of] Microsoft Windows XP ends."

In reality, the problem came about due to a bug in the way the program handles behaviour monitoring, the service that scans networks for unusual behaviour patterns.

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