[Bitcoin-development] Warning message when running wallet in Windows XP (or drop support?)

Mark Friedenbach mark at monetize.io
Wed Apr 16 15:23:54 UTC 2014


XP is no longer receiving security patches from Microsoft, and hasn't been
for some time. There are known remote exploits that aren't going to be
fixed, ever.
On Apr 16, 2014 8:15 AM, "Kevin" <kevinsisco61784 at gmail.com> wrote:

>  On 4/16/2014 4:14 AM, Wladimir wrote:
>
>  Hello,
>
> Today I noticed that even my bank is warning people to not do internet
> banking with Windows XP.
>
> If it is no longer secure enough for online banking it's CERTAINLY not
> secure enough to run a wallet (for a node only it would be ok-ish as they
> have no keys to protect).
>  Any opinions on what to do here? Just warn and allow the user to
> continue? Redirect them to a 'Windows XP is dangerous' message on
> bitcoin.org? (Microsoft uses
> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help)
>
>  The drawback of dropping XP support completely would be that a lot of
> computers (especially in China and Russia etc) are still running XP, so
> this could cause the network to lose nodes.
>
> If you're maintainer of other wallet software: how are you handling this?
>  Are you going to drop XP support completely? If so, starting from when?
>
> Regards,
>  Wladimir
>
>
>
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>  I think we should get to the bottom of this.  Should we assume that xp is
> not secure enough?  What is this warning?  Who is issuing this warning?
>
>
> --
> Kevin
>
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