In a security blog post, Microsoft’s Director of Trustworthy Computing Tim Rains has warned XP users about the support cut-off date of April 8, 2014 following which ageing OS from Microsoft will not get any updates. Rains says that “Windows XP will essentially have a ‘zero day’ vulnerability forever,” which is about the same as sitting on a ticking time bomb.
“But after April 8, 2014, organizations that continue to run Windows XP won’t have this advantage over attackers any longer. The very first month that Microsoft releases security updates for supported versions of Windows, attackers will reverse engineer those updates, find the vulnerabilities and test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities. If it does, attackers will attempt to develop exploit code that can take advantage of those vulnerabilities on Windows XP.”