Just how serious was that zero-day flaw in versions 6 and 7 of Internet Explorer? Serious enough for Microsoft to rush a fix to the market ahead of its monthly patch cycle.
Microsoft has said it will deliver an “out-of-band” patch for the IE6 and IE7 flaws, meaning that it will come in advance of the usual Patch Tuesday schedule.
eSecurity Planet has the details.
After acknowledging a zero-day bug in Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) and IE7 in early March, Microsoft has notified users that it will ship a so-called “out-of-band” patch for the vulnerability this week.
The advance notice is meant to give IT administrators time to prepare to roll the patch out as soon as it’s available.
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) first publicly recognized the zero-day when it released its latest “Patch Tuesday” bug fixes on March 9. At that time, Microsoft said there were “limited attacks” using the bug exploit in the wild and that the company was busy evaluating the hole.