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Microsoft to Patch WMF Hole on January 10

Company Says Security Update is Complete, But Needs Testing

The revelation on December 27 of a potentially serious vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows Meta File (WMF) has prompted the company to develop an update, but Redmond doesn't plan to release the patch until January 10, after it completes a testing process.

"Based on strong customer feedback, all Microsoft’s security updates must pass a series of testing processes, including testing by third-parties, to assure customers that they can be deployed effectively in all languages and for all versions of the platform with minimum down time," the company said in a statement.

The company also noted in the statement that  "(the) vulnerability in the Windows Meta File (WMF) code area in the Windows platform (caused the company to become) mobilized under its Software Security Incident Response Process (SSIRP) to analyze the attack, assess its scope and determine the appropriate guidance for customers, as well as to engage with anti-virus partners and law enforcement.

"Microsoft has completed development of a security update to fix the vulnerability. The security update is now being finalized through testing to ensure quality and application compatibility. Microsoft’s goal is to release the update on Tuesday, January 10, 2006, as part of its monthly release of security bulletins on the second Tuesday of the month."

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'Microsoft has been carefully monitoring the attempted exploitation of the WMF vulnerability since it became public last week,' the company said in a recent statement, 'through its own forensic capabilities and through partnerships within the industry and law enforcement. Although the issue is serious and the attacks are being attempted, Microsoft?s intelligence sources indicate that the scope of the attacks is limited. In addition, attacks exploiting the WMF vulnerability are being effectively mitigated by anti-virus companies with up-to-date signatures.Based on strong customer feedback, all Microsoft?s security updates must pass a series of testing processes, including testing by third-parties, to assure customers that they can be deployed effectively in all languages and for all versions of the platform with minimum down time.'

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