Q&A: Microsoft exec explains the early WMF patch release

Microsoft Corp. yesterday released an out of cycle patch for the Windows Metafile (WMF) flaw amid growing concerns of widespread exploits aimed at the vulnerability. In an interview with Computerworld, Debby Fry Wilson, director of the Microsoft Security Response Center, talked last night about the company’s efforts to get the patch out and about the security community’s response to the whole issue.

What prompted the release of the patch on Thursday after Microsoft initially announced that it would be releasing it only next Tuesday?

There has been a lot of discussion and commentary about the issue since it first surfaced on Dec. 27. There’s been a lot of variance in opinion in terms of how big the issue is and how fast it is spreading and so forth. Our analysis and guidance has been consistent that although the attacks are serious, they have been fairly stable in terms of spread. With that, we determined the best course of action was to put all our resources into a comprehensive update. Q&A: Microsoft exec explains the early WMF patch release - Computerworld

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