It is the first time that Microsoft has released an emergency patch so close to Patch Tuesday, as quipped by Jason Miller, Data and Security Team Leader at Patch Management Firm, Shavlik Technologies. Just eight days before its next Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs.
Else, it’s always the second Tuesday of every month that this U. S. software giant issues security patches, and seldom are the out-of-band patches issued by it. But due to a ‘critical’ crack witnessed in the Windows operating system software, the Company was forced to issue this emergency patch. This crack would have otherwise allowed hackers to take control of all computers over the Internet.
Microsoft said, “The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if the icon of a specially crafted shortcut is displayed. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user”.
But it is to be noted that hundreds of millions of PCs that are executing Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2000 cannot be saved by this emergency patch. It is because, last month, Microsoft had stopped issuing security updates to these older versions. Therefore, these users are recommended to update their systems to Windows XP SP3 or buy a new Windows 7 PC to get the security updates.