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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Cycle Security Patch

It didn't take long for Microsoft to release an Out-of-Cycle security bulletin for the Internet Explorer 6 and 7 Critical vulnerability that was publicly disclosed in early March.

With a Critical Bulletin being released, Microsoft is addressing not only the vulnerability being publicly exploited, but also a number of privately reported, non-exploited vulnerabilities. This extends the application of the bulletin to all versions of Internet Explorer, and not just 6 & 7. The ten vulnerabilities being patched were scheduled for patching on April 13, with the April Security Bulletin release, but all are being brought forward with this patch. Microsoft is to release the bulletin in the next 18 hours, with the March Advance Notification (March Bulletin summary) being replaced with pre-release information for this particular patch.

As with most Internet Explorer updates, this will be a cumulative update and considered urgent for all users to apply.

When it is released, more detailed information on MS10-018 can be found direct from Microsoft, here.

30 March 2010

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