Microsoft to patch flaw responsible for Google, China fiasco

By Justin Mann on January 20, 2010, 6:00 PM
Microsoft announced today that a particularly nasty flaw in IE will be patched tomorrow. The flaw in question earned some fame recently as the culprit behind the China-based attack on Google -- a situation that is still boiling. Google claims that little data of importance was compromised as a result of the flaw and Microsoft noted that attacks only succeeded on machines running IE6.

Microsoft will push the patch out tomorrow around 10AM PST, outside of their normal patching schedule. A statement from Jerry Bryant, a security program manager at Microsoft, revealed that the sensitive nature of the flaw prompted them to crank it out faster than usual. Users of IE6, 7 and 8 on Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008 and Windows 7 are urged to apply the patch once it is available.

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