Microsoft launches critical Internet Explorer 9 patch

A few days ago, Microsoft announced it would offer a "critical" update for Internet Explorer 9 that fell outside the normal patches for the web browser. On Tuesday, as part of its "Patch Tuesday" update for many of its software products, Microsoft also released its patch for IE 9.

This patch brings the official version number for IE 9 up to 9.0.8. In a post on the official IE developer blog, Microsoft states:

This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

More details of the critical update can be read in Microsoft's official security bulletin. The company adds that it was giving information about these IE 9 exploits privately and that there is no evidence at the moment that this issue is known more widely or that it is being used by any hackers.

Source: Official IE blog

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I did all the updates last night before bed and on my Media center which as of last month had a clean install of Windows 7. I got stuck at the preparing to configure updates screen. I turned the computer off and back on and upon bootup I got the same message. It stayed like that over night. When I woke up I went into the recovery mode to a command prompt and deleted the pending.xml from the C:\windows\WinSxS directory

cd C:\windows\WinSxS
del pending.xml

in case anyone else had that issue

upon reboot everything was good. My main Win7 workstation installed and rebooted without issue, well it failed on 3 updates, but upon rebooting and retrying the updates they succeeded.

warwagon said,
I did all the updates last night before bed and on my Media center which as of last month had a clean install of Windows 7. I got stuck at the preparing to configure updates screen. I turned the computer off and back on and upon bootup I got the same message. It stayed like that over night. When I woke up I went into the recovery mode to a command prompt and deleted the pending.xml from the C:\windows\WinSxS directory

cd C:\windows\WinSxS
del pending.xml

in case anyone else had that issue

upon reboot everything was good. My main Win7 workstation installed and rebooted without issue, well it failed on 3 updates, but upon rebooting and retrying the updates they succeeded.

I'd have to say your clean install isn't very clean. Might as well start over already!!

No issues on any of my 8 machines with the updates. 6 Windows 7, 32 bit and 2, 64 bit.

Dan~ said,
^ Hmm, got more information? x64, x86? What happens etc?

I'm concerned now

Wi7 x64, it simple becomes useless, cannot open web pages at all, either by entering the site address on the URL bar or from history, favs etc, it simple opens but cannot use it at all.

This patch (both this version and the previous one) renders my IE9 inoperable, has anyone has this same issue?

Ely said,
This patch (both this version and the previous one) renders my IE9 inoperable, has anyone has this same issue?

No issues here... About says 9.0.8112.16421