Internet Explorer hole: Help is at hand
According to a press release from Microsoft Germany, it's official that Microsoft will release a patch for Internet Explorer out-of-cycle. The vendor plans to release a detailed time schedule by 9 am (Central European Time) on Thursday morning. Until then, Microsoft recommends that users switch to Internet Explorer 8, as this version offers a protected mode and more extensive security features such as Data Execution Prevention (DEP). According to Microsoft, these features can prevent all currently known attacks from being successful.
Meanwhile, the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) has extended (German language link) its Internet Explorer warning. The BSI reports that other Microsoft products which use the MS HTML Viewer are also affected. According to the authority, these include Microsoft Outlook (up to and including Outlook 2003), Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, the Microsoft Help system and the Microsoft Sidebar. However, this time no alternative products were recommended.
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