Microsoft ended its support for two major products—Windows XP (SP3) and Office 2003—on April 8 and released the last four public updates. The company releases regular patches every Tuesday of the month, known as “Patch Tuesday.” Starting from April 8, 2014, these two products will no longer receive any security patches, technical support, and software updates.
Microsoft Security Bulletin for April indicates four specific updates and a total of eleven vulnerabilities that were addressed, which includes seven for Windows XP and four for Office 2003.
This move recommends that customers who are still using these products should upgrade to a newer version. Any holes and vulnerabilities found after Tuesday won’t be fixed anymore.
Four specific updates are:
MS14-017 – Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps Could Allow Remote Code Execution
MS14-018 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
MS14-019 – Vulnerability in Windows File Handling Component Could Allow Remote Code Execution
MS14-020 – Vulnerability in Microsoft Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Windows XP has been with us since October 25, 2001, packed with major three updates: Service Pack 1, released on September 9, 2002; followed by the Service Pack 2 debut on August 5, 2004; and, lastly, the Service Pack 3, released on April 21, 2008.
On the other hand, Microsoft Office 2003 was released on October 21, 2003, and received three major updates, too. Office 2003 Service Pack 1 was released on July 27, 2004; followed by the Service Pack 2 on September 27, 2005; and, lastly, the Service Pack 3, on September 17, 2007.
Now, we bid them, goodbye!
Software products have life cycles and the last releases of patches and updates indicate that you wouldn’t be receiving security patches and content updates to protect your computer against malicious malware, harmful viruses and spyware.
This will’ve a great impact for businesses and individuals that run the computer system and in many cases will encounter hardware and software compatibility for new applications and devices that aren’t designed for Windows XP and Office 2003.
While these products will continue to function after the support ends, this will increase the risk of harmful viruses to your system. A newer version, whether a Windows 7 or Windows 8, will mitigate the risks.
Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin