Following security researcher Eric Romang's September 16 discovery of an Internet Explorer (IE) zero-day exploit, Microsoft, which officially acknowledged the vulnerability the next day and later offered aworkaround, is set to deploy a patch on Friday. The remedy will arrive via Windows Update and is set to unroll around 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The company is hosting a live, online Q&A at noon to address any concerns.
The security fix caps a busy few weeks for Microsoft's security teams. Earlier, the company generated moderate controversy when it initially said an exploit in Internet Explorer 10 would not be addressed until after the browser begins shipping with Windows 8 at the end of October. Microsoft later reversed the decision.