Microsoft releases emergency Windows patch

Microsoft deems patch critical enough to be rushed out outside its usual 'patch Tuesday' cycle.

Microsoft has rushed out a emergency critical' security patch for Windows users, the first time it has released one outside of its patch cycle for more than a year.

There was little information about the out-of-band security update, but it did say the critical vulnerability could result in remote code execution, enabling an attacker to take control of a target's computer.

The operating systems affected critically' are Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. Marked important' were Windows Vista and Server 2008.

Microsoft spokesman Christopher Budd said that the update will be released today at 5pm, with a restart required.

According to reports, the last time an emergency patch was issued was in April 2007, due to a flaw that was publicly known and resulted in attack code hosted on hundreds of websites.

Davey Winder blogs about the patch here.

Featured Resources

Seven steps to connect and empower your frontline workers

How business leaders can improve communication with a secure platform

Free download

Create what’s next

The future of collaboration and productivity

Free Download

Leveraging the cloud without relinquishing control

Your data. Their cloud.

Free download

Re-architecting for nonstop innovation

Unlocking productivity, scalability, and lower costs for cloud natives

Free Download

Recommended

Sitecore XP RCE flaw is being actively exploited, ACSC warns
vulnerability

Sitecore XP RCE flaw is being actively exploited, ACSC warns

9 Nov 2021
Patch management vs vulnerability management
enterprise security

Patch management vs vulnerability management

14 Sep 2021

Most Popular

What should you really be asking about your remote access software?
Sponsored

What should you really be asking about your remote access software?

17 Nov 2021
How to speed up Microsoft's Windows 11
Microsoft Windows

How to speed up Microsoft's Windows 11

9 Nov 2021
Nike to take customers into the metaverse with 'NIKELAND'
virtualisation

Nike to take customers into the metaverse with 'NIKELAND'

19 Nov 2021