The IE cumulative August 2006 security update is now available via Windows Update. Alternatively, you can receive this and all other Microsoft updates via the new Microsoft Update and I encourage you to upgrade to Microsoft Update if you haven’t already.
This update addresses 8 security issues: 5 remote code execution vulnerabilities, 2 information disclosure vulnerabilities and 1 elevation of privilege vulnerability. For more information on the contents of this update, please see:
Microsoft Knowledge Base article: MS06-042 – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (KB# 918899)
Details on the vulnerabilities and workarounds can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS06-042.mspx.
This is a “Critical” update and affects all supported IE configurations from IE5.01 to IE6 for XPSP2 and IE6 for Server 2003 Service Pack 1. IE security updates are cumulative and contain all previously released patches for each version of IE.
I encourage everybody to download this security update and other non-IE security updates via Windows Update or Microsoft Update. Windows users are also strongly encouraged to configure their systems for automatic updates to keep their systems current with the latest patches from Microsoft.
– Charles Watanabe
Edit: Corrected the number of vulnerabilities addressed in the bulletin