Not often do we get out of band security fixes from Microsoft, but the company has just announced one for all versions of Windows. This side of Windows XP, of course.

This brand new update is an indication that Redmond has come across a critical vulnerability in the operating system that requires fixing, and the company has wasted little time in releasing it to users, instead of launching it on the Update Tuesday release cycle.

There is a fair chance that this is being exploited in the wild, as Microsoft recommends deployment of this update as soon as possible.

The patch will be available later today.

Full details are missing at the moment, as Microsoft wants to keep users on the safe side and ensure that the vulnerability is not exploited further. Complete information will, however, be with us in just a few minutes 10 am PST.

What we do know is that this has been rated as Critical, and no matter the build, all currently supported versions of Windows are to be patched. Windows Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008, 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, RT, RT 8.1 and the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Prepare to restart your system once the update is downloaded and installed.

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