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Author Topic: Critical Patch for IE Issues Tomorrow, January 20  (Read 1944 times)
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« on: January 19, 2010, 05:06:40 PM »

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2358210,00.asp

PC Magazine January 19, 2010

"Microsoft will release an out-of-band patch to resolve the "Aurora" vulnerability that has struck Internet Explorer, the company said on Tuesday.

"Microsoft said that patch would be released Wednesday, but didn't disclose a time in which it would be made available.

"The company said that, so far, "very limited, and in some cases, targeted attacks" have been made against Internet Explorer 6. Microsoft had previously concluded Internet Explorer 6 running on Windows XP and possibly Windows 2000 was vulnerable, although later the same exploit was found to also affect IE7 on Windows XP and Vista."
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010, 12:44:31 AM »

I'm a bit computer illiterate - What does "out of band" mean?  If I have automatic updates, will this download on its own like any other update?   Huh
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2010, 07:41:36 AM »

I believe "out-of-band" describes the fact that it is being released immediately as opposed to being held until the next typical "Patch Tuesday". Microsoft has taken to releasing most updates on the second Tuesday of each month to make it easier for IT people to manage and anticipate potential issues. Sometimes patches & updates can cause unexpected problems when they interact with other applications which were causing support headaches for IT people when they were coming out at unknown intervals. I would think this update should be handled by the automatic updates feature just like the standard updates.
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2010, 07:09:12 PM »

Thanks, shadowmice!   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2010, 07:55:49 PM »

The critical patch was a "no show" today for some reason.  Kept checking the Microsoft Update site and as of this evening, there were no new updates.  Might show up on Thursday instead-no idea why we didn't get it today.  Huh
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2010, 08:07:32 AM »

Here's some more info on the IE patch, which is a no show so far Jan 21. There are
workarounds like:
Disabling javascript in Adobe Reader
Updating to IE8 with certain settings
See:

http://windowssecrets.com/comp/100121
Patch arrives for IE hole targeted by Chinese

And yes, Mandycat, autoupdate should deliver the patch without you going to MSUpdate whenever
it's available.
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2010, 10:34:58 AM »

Critical patch is now available at Microsoft Update.  Those of you who use the auto notification/auto download may not be notified of this until tomorrow.  (Have noticed that auto notifications/updates are about a day behind when they're available at Microsoft Update.)  Just did mine and it takes less than a minute to download and install the patch.
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