Microsoft finally issues Zero day patch early

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    SOFTWARE GIANT Microsoft has caved in to pressure from customers to release its patch of for the zero-day flaw today rather than waiting until next week.
    The patch was considered so urgent by the by security researchers at The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center (ISC) it recommended that Windows customers download a patch designed by Ilfak Guilfanov.

    Information on Microsoft’s new patch can be found here and here.

    Those who downloaded Guilfanov’s patch should not be too concerned that the two pieces of software might be incompatible. Windows media update had no problem installing the new patch over Guilfanov’s.

    Vole does have some bad news for those still running Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, or Windows Millennium Edition.

    Although these operating systems do contain the affected component, Microsoft does not consider the vulnerability “critical” because no one has worked out an exploitable attack vector yet.

    In other words Vole does not think it is an issue until a hacker takes down one of these systems.

    Source: The Inquirer

    EDIT: Added missing links from original article. -AT

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