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Palo Alto Networks Will Continue to Protect Windows XP-Based Systems
Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 02:59:22 PM

Next-Generation Security Platform Offers Multiple Ways to Protect Windows XP Users From Vulnerabilities and Exploits.

Santa Clara, Calif. -- April 8, 2014 -- Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), the leader in enterprise security, announced today that its security platform will continue to protect Windows XP-based clients after Microsoft ends support for the operating system (OS) on April 8, 2014.


  • “Hackers write exploit code that leverages vulnerabilities in all kinds of systems. One traditional control used to mitigate such an attack is to keep systems patched. Today, Microsoft stopped supporting patch development and deployment for Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system,” said Rick Howard, CSO at Palo Alto Networks. “Because our next-generation security platform protects networks at the application, user and content levels, it can keep malware from infecting Windows XP systems without the need for continuous software patching. In other words, if you’re using Windows XP on a network protected by Palo Alto Networks, you’re covered.”

Palo Alto Networks offers customers multiple ways of protecting against potentially unpatched vulnerabilities in the OS, and the exploits used against those vulnerabilities, including:

  • Discovery of unknown exploits with WildFire, which will continue to run Windows XP in a cloud-based malware analysis environment to execute suspicious files delivered over the network.
  • Blocking known vulnerability exploits via Threat Prevention, regardless of port, protocol or encryption.
  • Disrupting outbound command-and-control communication, which can be used by attackers to deliver malware to an exploited Windows XP system.

The Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform automatically develops protections against these known and unknown exploits, sharing them with customers around the globe. Enabling this shared intelligence can protect customers from discovered attacks against Windows XP systems.

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