Those worrying themselves to death over the recent threat of the Windows metafile vulnerability should soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief when Microsoft releases a patch any time soon. The company has said that it plans to release said patch next week if all goes well. The company also claims to have been monitoring attempts to attack the relevant vulnerability in Windows, and advises that customers not visit certain unfamiliar websites until the patch is released.

The software giant said in a statement it had "completed development of a security update to fix the vulnerability" that it discovered last week. The update is being finalized and the company hopes to release it on January 10.