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Microsoft: Patch for critical IE zero-day bug coming Friday

Gregg Keizer | Sept. 21, 2012
Microsoft released a stopgap defense that protects Internet Explorer against attacks until the company issues a patch on Friday.

Those browsers, which collectively run on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, accounted for 53% of those used last month worldwide, according to metrics company Net Applications.

One security researcher predicted at least part of Microsoft's news several hours before the Redmond, Wash., software maker announced its next move.

"I think we'll see the Fixit today and [a] patch tomorrow," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security, during a Wednesday instant message conversation. "They've been communicating something every day so far this week," Storms said.

On Tuesday, Microsoft said it would issue a Fixit tool "in the next few days."

Microsoft will release the emergency update at approximately 1 p.m. ET Friday via the Microsoft Update and Windows Update services, as well as through WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), the de facto corporate patch deployment tool.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld.


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