Sometimes, a small gift is the best kind — especially when it comes to security patches. Stuart Johnston reports.
The Thursday before Patch Tuesday, Microsoft releases an Advance Notice to warn systems managers how much time and labor to allocate to handle the month’s patch installations.
Besides the critical bulletin, the other two security patches being released Tuesday are rated as important. One affects PowerPoint 2002 and 2003, while the other impacts Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway.
Meanwhile, Microsoft also announced it is working to patch a zero-day bug found in Internet Explorer that could lead to compromise of users’ systems. However, Microsoft said in its Security Advisory that it has only seen limited attacks “in the wild,” and those were confined to IE6 and IE7 running on Windows XP.
Microsoft also said that the only infected website that’s been found has already been taken down.
Read the rest at eSecurity Planet.