IT departments braced for Microsoft out-of-band patches

Graham Cluley

Microsoft has announced that on Tuesday it will release two out-of-band security patches designed to fix vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Visual Studio.

Microsoft normally bundles its security updates into a monthly package, known in the industry as “Patch Tuesday” because it coincides with the second Tuesday of the month, and it is relatively unusual for the company to issue a fix for a security vulnerability outside of this cycle. This means that Microsoft considers the situation particularly important to patch as soon as possible.

It also means that IT staff responsible for protecting the computer systems at businesses around the world will need to be ready to roll out the patch, or potentially leave their organisations exposed to the threat of hackers installing malicious code (such as a worm) without user intervention.


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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.