Microsoft stung into action releases browser patch
In addition, the serious nature of the flaw escalated last week with the news that it was possible to exploit the flaw through HTML emails. Users could be hacked and lose control of their system simply by opening an email without an attachment.
When news broke of the possible email exploit, Microsoft issued advice to users to play it safe by opening emails in text only mode. However, a third party organization of security experts calling itself ZERT (Zero Day Emergency Response Team) took it upon itself to issue a temporary patch until Microsoft issued its official fix.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has been criticised by some, such as security research group SANS Institute and ZERT, for not getting a patch out sooner.
Now that a patch is available, users are advised to install it as soon as possible.
The patch is available from Microsoft's security update site.
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