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Explorer Vulnerability Patch Expected Tuesday

Lumension Security : 07 February, 2011  (Technical Article)
Microsoft based computer systems throughout the world will be undergoing reboots this Tuesday as the overdue patch from Microsoft is released which fixes a vulnerability within Internet Explorer and requires computers to be restarted
This week’s Patch Tuesday will see Microsoft release a dozen patches fixing 22 vulnerabilities. One of the ‘critical’ patches is the long awaited Internet Explorer fix that will address the public vulnerability threat. With such a significant patch, IT departments across the world will be undergoing a mass reboot.



Alan Bentley, SVP at Lumension, commented, “After a pretty relaxed January patch bulletin, 900 million people will be having to patch and reboot their system following the release of three critical patches.



“As we know from experience, reboots of this magnitude have been known to upset services and applications so it’s possible we will see similar problems to what we encountered in 2007, when a large Microsoft Patch that required a reboot crippled applications, Skype in particular.



“Although Microsoft appears to be doing a bit of spring cleaning this Patch Tuesday with a lot of regular 'run of the mill' stuff, it can't be emphasised enough that this will be a massive simultaneous reboot and historically, we've seen services greatly impacted with such an undertaking.”
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