Security update for Internet Explorer, March 2010
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 @ 19:27:10 UTC
Topic: Updates&patchs


Microsoft has released an out-of-band security patch for Internet Explorer which fixes a security vulnerability that has been actively exploited on the Internet. The patch has caused some confusion as reported by Ed Bott since the the security vulnerability that caused the emergency update to be released is only affecting Internet Explorer 6 or IE7.

The patch that Microsoft has released is however a cumulative update with patches that will fix Internet Explorer 8 security vulnerabilities as well.

The information posted by Microsoft reads:

MS10-018 resolves Security Advisory 981374, addressing a publicly disclosed vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7. Internet Explorer 8 is unaffected by the vulnerability addressed in the advisory

MS10-018 is a cumulative update with the patch for Security Advisory 981374 being one of the patches included in the release. This basically means that Internet Explorer 8 is unaffected by that one vulnerability but affected by others that are included in the cumulative update as well. This is confirmed by the affected and unaffected software listing on the security bulletin page which lists the severity as critical for Internet Explorer 8 as well.

Windows users should install the update as soon as possible to protect their computer system from
possible exploits. The update is also available at the Microsoft Download site

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