Microsoft to release emergency patch for zero-day flaw

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Good news.

Microsoft has announced that tomorrow (Wednesday, 17 December) it will release an emergency out-of-band patch for the critical security hole that has been sending a chill down the spine of Internet Explorer users.

Concerns about the security bug escalated as it was discovered that it affected not only version 7 of Internet Explorer, but also IE 5.01 SP4, IE 6, IE 6 SP1, and IE 8 Beta 2. Attacks incorporating the exploit have also been seen on websites around the world, potentially putting Internet Explorer users at risk in the absence of a patch.

Microsoft will have been working feverishly to put a patch together that can defend all the different versions of Internet Explorer, and testing that it works as expected. Within 24 hours the…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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, or drop him an email.