Microsoft Releases Security Update for Explorer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -

Microsoft on Thursday released a security update for Internet Explorer that closes a gap that allowed attackers to take complete control of a computer. It also issued the update to Windows XP users, despite dropping support for the older operating system last month.

Microsoft reported the problem Saturday, saying it was aware of “limited, targeted attacks” and that the vulnerability affected Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11. The company said users with automatic updates enabled don’t need to take any action.