Hello,

As we announced on Friday, today we released Security Bulletin MS10-046 out-of-band to address a vulnerability in Windows. This security update addresses a vulnerability in the handling of shortcuts that affects all currently supported versions of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. As our colleagues over in the MMPC have noted, several families of malware have been attempting to attack this vulnerability. The security update protects against attempts to exploit this issue.

For customers using automatic updates, this update will automatically be applied once it is released. Customers not using automatic updates should download, test and deploy this update as quickly as possible.

As we do with every bulletin release, we will be hosting a webcast to address your questions today at 1PM Pacific Time. Register now.

Thanks,

Christopher Budd

Sr. Security Response Communications Manager at Microsoft