Microsoft to patch Windows - but not IE

Microsoft to patch Windows - but not IE

Summary: Microsoft says it will fix three Windows holes but it is still investigating or working on fixing holes in IE that have been reportedly exploited in attacks.

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Microsoft said on Thursday that it will release two security bulletins next week fixing three holes in Windows, but it is still investigating or working on fixing holes in Internet Explorer that have been reportedly exploited in attacks.

One bulletin due out on Patch Tuesday, rated 'important', affects only Windows Vista but the second one, with an aggregate rating of 'critical', affects all supported versions of Windows.

Microsoft said it is not releasing updates to address a hole affecting Windows Graphics Rendering Engine that it disclosed on Tuesday, or one disclosed in late December, Security Advisory 2488013, that affects Internet Explorer and for which there have been reports of targeted attacks, the company said in a post on the Microsoft Security Response Center blog.

For more on this story, read Microsoft to fix Windows holes, but not ones in IE on CNET News.

Topics: Operating Systems, Browser, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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  • RE: Microsoft to patch Windows - but not IE

    No reason for them to release a patch if they are still investigating the issue. For all we know it could be a false alarm.
    Loverock Davidson
  • RE: Microsoft to patch Windows - but not IE

    ZDNet, please stop already! All software companies patch software. It?s the nature of the beast. It's not news. You are doing a disservice by alarming the audience by making this sound more significant than it in reality is.
    malshep_ms@...
  • RE: Microsoft to patch Windows - but not IE

    Actual exploits, fellas. Security holes as wide as the Holland Tunnel. No Linux-like theoretical vulnerabilities here.

    And with Loverock in charge of security, you should have no problem.

    lol...
    LTV10
    • RE: Microsoft to patch Windows - but not IE

      @LTV10
      I always thought he was the Public Relations spokesman for Microsoft.
      Now understand why there having so many problems, it start with hotmail and now this.
      choyongpil
    • You're right: They're not theoretical.

      @LTV10: [i]No Linux-like theoretical vulnerabilities here.[/i]

      Linux vulnerabilities are very real.
      ye
      • RE: Microsoft to patch Windows - but not IE

        Vulnerabilities [b]are not[/b] exploits, ye.

        Learn to [b]read properly[/b] before you post.
        ahh so
  • RE: Microsoft to patch Windows - but not IE

    Why anyone still uses IE with all the alternatives out there, boggles the mind.
    safari801
    • RE: Microsoft to patch Windows - but not IE

      @safari801

      That's part of the Redmond Borg Collective. They do their thinking for them.
      ahh so
  • blow up the blow-up ads

    Article no surprise... even the misleading headline is to be expected. And Microsoft can't be expected to release a fix if it's not ready. YET.

    Thing that really gets my goat is the blow-up ads that shove everything down until you hunt for the secret 'close' button (always hard to spot).

    Then if you leave it alone and scroll down, it closes on its own and makes you lose your place in the article

    I gave up watching TV because of the ads. I can give up ZDNet for this as well.
    redking44