The patch will fix a critical issue currently plaguing IE version 6 through 8. According to Microsoft, the two latest versions (8 and 9) are currently safe from this vulnerability, which allows malicious hackers to remotely execute code on a victim’s machine.
Microsoft has been adamant about the importance of this update urging consumers to download as soon as possible. The computer company issued this statement in its advanced notice:
“We recommend that you install this update as soon as it is available. This update for Internet Explorer 6-8 will be made available through Windows Update and our other standard distribution channels. If you have automatic updates enabled on your PC, you won’t need to take any action. If you applied the Fix it released in Security Advisory 2794220, you won’t need to uninstall it before applying the security update,” Microsoft notes in an advance notice.”
According to the notification, the update went live at 10am Jan. 14.