Microsoft admits delaying patch distribution to prioritise main threat

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Microsoft admits delaying patch distribution to prioritise main threat

Antony Savvas

Microsoft has been delaying the distribution of its automatic security updates so that it can prioritise a fix for a flaw that is already being exploited online.

The firm admits many users are not automatically getting all the security patches made available on 8 August as part of its monthly scheduled security cycle.

Microsoft says security bulletin MS06-040 has been given the highest priority via its Automatic Updates service, for instance.

The US Department of Homeland Security last week issued a warning to users to download this patch as a matter of urgency, as it was already being used by remote attackers to target users.

MS06-040 fixes a problem that allows remote attackers to use a flaw in Windows which can open up users’ systems without any interaction on their part.

 

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