July 25, 2009

Microsoft to issue emergency IE patches

U.S. computer giant Microsoft Corp. says it is preparing to issue a pair of emergency security patches for its Internet Explorer Web browser.

Microsoft officials, in a blog posting late Friday, said the patches -- which are being issued ahead of its regularly scheduled updates -- will come out on Tuesday morning, Computerworld reported.

The company didn't say what the patches were for, but the rushed nature of the IE fixes suggests it may be tied to a widely used Windows component called the Active Template Library, experts said.

Researcher Halvar Flake told the publication the emergency patches may be another attempt to fix an ActiveX bug that was addressed in a July 14 patch that apparently didn't address the underlying vulnerability, leaving visitors to thousands of Web sites using ActiveX controls open to online attacks.