MS to release out-of-band patch for critical IE vulnerability

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Dec 17, 2008

Users advised to patch ASAP.

Microsoft is set to release an emergency out-of-band patch for the vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser reported last week.

Attacks via the vulnerability have been shown to work on a wide range of Windows and IE variants, and have been widely seeded to both malicious websites and legitimate sites that have been compromised to display malicious content. As a result, Microsoft is releasing this patch outside of its normal monthly cycle of updates - the next scheduled release of which will not be until the second Tuesday in January.

The advance notification of the patch release can be found here. The advance notification will subsequently be replaced with a revised December bulletin containing both the out-of-band security bulletin and the security bulletins already released in December's 'Patch Tuesday' cycle.

Updates can be received through the Microsoft Update and Windows Update Services components or downloaded directly from the Microsoft site. Users are urged to ensure the updates are in place as soon as possible.

Posted on 17 December 2008 by Virus Bulletin

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