Menu
Microsoft to release emergency Internet Explorer patch on Monday

Microsoft to release emergency Internet Explorer patch on Monday

The patch will fix a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8

Microsoft will release a patch on Monday for older versions of its Internet Explorer browser, deviating from its normal repair schedule due to the seriousness of the problem.

The vulnerability, which is present in IE 6, 7 and 8, is a memory corruption issue. It can be exploited by an attacker via a drive-by download, a term for loading a website with attack code that delivers malware to a victim's computer if the person merely visits the website.

Microsoft released a quick fix for the issue earlier this month, but did not have a more permanent patch ready when it released its monthly batch of patches last Tuesday. The company will occasionally release an emergency patch if the software vulnerability is considered a high risk.

"While we have still seen only a limited number of customers affected by the issue, the potential exists that more customers could be affected in the future," wrote Dustin Childs, group manager for the company's Trustworthy Computing Group, on a company blog on Sunday.

The patch, which will be released at 10 AM PST, will be distributed through Windows Update. Childs wrote users will not have to uninstall the quick fix before applying the patch, which will be installed automatically for those who have automatic updates enabled.

Security vendor Symantec credited a group called Elderwood as finding the IE vulnerability due to similarities in the attack code that uses the vulnerability with other attack code.

The Elderwood group has discovered as many as nine other vulnerabilities since 2009 and appears to favor targeting defense contractors, human rights groups, non-governmental organizations and IT service providers, according to a Symantec report issued in September.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk

Follow Us

Join the ARN newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsoftsecuritypatch managementExploits / vulnerabilitiesdata protectionmalware

Upcoming

Slideshows

IN PICTURES: VMworld 2015 Asia-Pacific and Japan party (+ 32 photos)

IN PICTURES: VMworld 2015 Asia-Pacific and Japan party (+ 32 photos)

VMware recently held an Asia-Pacific and Japan party for its partners in San Francisco following two days of keynotes and sessions. Whilst mingling and enjoying drinks and finger food, the partners were joined by VMware management who also took the opportunity to let their hair down to have some fun.

IN PICTURES: VMworld 2015 Asia-Pacific and Japan party (+ 32 photos)
IN PICTURES: VMworld 2015 sponsor and partner showcase (+41 photos)

IN PICTURES: VMworld 2015 sponsor and partner showcase (+41 photos)

VMware's sponsors and partners used the opportunity at VMworld 2015 to showcase some of their technologies. At an exhibition hall, these vendors educated those that popped by their stands on these solutions and addressed some of the issues surrounding mobility, datacentres, and the Cloud. SOme of the big names there included f5, Palo Alto Networks, HP, Intel, Samsung, and Symantec.

IN PICTURES: VMworld 2015 sponsor and partner showcase (+41 photos)
IN PICTURES: VMware's VMworld 2015 day 1 (+13 photos)

IN PICTURES: VMware's VMworld 2015 day 1 (+13 photos)

VMware has kicked off VMworld 2015 in San Francisco and the first day saw keynotes from its president and CEO, Carl Eschenbach; executive vice-president and general manager, Bill Fathers; and executive vice-president and general manager of SDDC, Raghu Raghuram; amongst others. VMware also made Cloud-related announcements and demonstrated its latest technology.

IN PICTURES: VMware's VMworld 2015 day 1 (+13 photos)

iasset.com is a channel management ecosystem that automates all major aspects of the entire sales, marketing and service process, including data tracking, integrated learning, knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

Show Comments