We reported here about a security flaw recently found in AOL Instant Messenger, which a remote attacker could use to take control of your PC (and to help distract the hacker from the fact that he has never had a girlfriend.)

America Online Inc. have therefore released a beta version of AIM that plugs this security hole. The test version of AIM 5.9, available here, is protected from this security flaw.

The final version of 5.9 is expected early in the fall of this year.