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Today Microsoft announced a security update for its Internet Explorer product, in keeping with its previous promises. The update solves the problem outlined in Security Advisory 2757760, and four other vulnerabilities.
Earlier this week, the company released a fix that could be applied manually. Today’s release, dubbed a ‘cumulative’ security update will go out to all with Automatic Updates enabled automatically. If you don’t have that turned on, go ahead and rock a manual update; you very much don’t want to use an unpatched version of Internet Explorer from this moment forward.
Unless, naturally, you are using Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8, which is immune to the issue.
Here’s how Microsoft describes the issue at hand: “Today we released Security Update MS12-063 to address limited attacks against a small number of computers through a vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 9 and earlier.” While actual issues stemming from the weakness appear to be smaller in number, the severity of the potential fallout was large enough to prompt a full court press from Microsoft this week, with near constant corporate communication on its work to plug the leak.
Adding to that, the company is hosting a webcast at noon (PST) to answer questions from the community. Alright Internet Explorer 9 fans, you’re good to go once you’ve updated.
For TNW’s previous coverage of the security saga, head here for the announcement of the coming updates, and here for notes on the temporary fix that was issued. Top Image Credit: Aanjhan Ranganathan
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