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January's Patch Tuesday was last week, but Microsoft didn't deliver a patch for a certain Internet Explorer vulnerability. But a fix is due in the next 30 hours.

Microsoft has provided advance notice that it is about to release an out-of-cycle ('out-of-band' in company parlance) patch for Internet Explorer that wasn't ready in time for Patch Tuesday.

It will address a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 that permits the execution of remote code. Microsoft previously provided a Fix It as a temporary workaround for the problem.

The update will be available here sometime on January 14, US Pacific Time (sometime after 7pm tonight, AEDST).

The issue is rated Critical for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, and Moderate for Windows Server 2003, Server 2008 (including R2).

Internet Explorer 9 and 10 are not subject to this vulnerability.

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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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