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Microsoft patches critical Windows drive-by bug

Gregg Keizer | March 8, 2011
But leaves IE vulnerable at Pwn2Own, says unexpected update would be disruptive

HP TippingPoint, whose Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) bug bounty program sponsors Pwn2Own and pays out the vast majority of the cash prizes, buys the rights to the bugs exploited at the contest, then hands them over to the vendors. ZDI gives developers six months to patch any bug it buys before it publicly releases information.

Both Google and Mozilla have recently patched their browsers -- Google did again earlier today -- and Apple is expected to update Safari before Pwn2Own begins.

Microsoft's security updates can be downloaded and installed via the Microsoft Update and Windows Update services, as well as through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).


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