Zero-day protection

Zero-day protection for zero-day attacks

Microsoft is looking to add short-term, quick-fix technologies to its patch management tools, mainly to combat zero-day attacks.

The idea is that this quick-fix code can provide some protection right away, as Microsoft works on a more permanent patch which needs to be more thoroughly tested. The company has already issued more than 300 so-called "Fix-its" since January, mainly to fix items not related to security, but also to turn off some functions that are vulnerable.

Microsoft has had to deal with zero-day attacks for some time, but just this Thursday, Mozilla was able to issue a patch for a critical Firefox 3.5 flaw, while a flaw in Microsoft's IE remained unpatched.

- Jeff Caruso

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