IE 9.0.3 Available via Windows Update

The October 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is now available via Windows Update. This security update resolves eight privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less affected than users who operate with administrative user rights. This security update is rated Critical for Internet Explorer on Windows clients and Moderate for Internet Explorer on Windows servers. For more information, see the full bulletin.

Most customers have enabled automatic updating and do not need to take any action. We recommend that customers, who have not enabled automatic updating, enable it (Start Menu, type “Windows Update”). We recommend that administrators, enterprise installations, and end users who want to install this security update manually, apply the update immediately using update management software or by checking for updates using the Microsoft Update service.

—Tyson Storey, Program Manager, Internet Explorer

Comments (11)
  1. alvatrus says:

    When will IE10 PP3 be available for Win7?

    Or will you release it only for the Win8 DevPrev and release an IE10 PP4 in about 8 weeks time?

  2. 8675309 says:

    does the recent update to silverlight fix the issues with the web(silverlight) player?

  3. Evan says:

    Do we have confirmation on when the IE Blog commenting will be fixed or when the blog is moved off community server?

    Just in case it hasn't been said a 1,000,000 times already:…/default.aspx

  4. Susan says:

    Evan – as a community server admin myself, it's horrific to migrate.  Seriously.  And there's issues in using wordpress in large multi blog environment and it doesn't lend itself easily to ensuring everything is up to date.  What exactly is the problem in commenting as I don't get your point from the link you posted?

  5. Stifu says:

    Off topic: I like how the IE6 countdown site ( says:

    "Welcome to the champions circle, Poland. Internet Explorer usage had dropped below 1 percent there, ushering in a new era of modern web browsing.".

    Can you spot what's wrong with this sentence? How ironic, coming from a Microsoft site.

  6. JulienM says:

    Is it safe to continue using IE10 on Windows 8 developer preview ?

    I guess exploits targeting IE < 9.0.3 will not be binary compatible with IE10/WDP due to ASLR changes, but I'd like to know when MS will begin patching pre-release versions of windows 8/IE10, since they are already used by a lot of people as their main windows install (even though WDP was intended for development purposes only)

  7. Arieta says:

    Unexpected bonus: after installing these current updates on WU, IE9 no longer interferes with the functionality of Windows Mail under Windows 7.

    Yeah, I know that WinMail is deprecated, but many of us still use it through imported Vista libraries. Used to be that installation of IE9 removed the attachment button on the preview pane, this is now fixed. Also, it no longer uses IE9 background settings, though it still seems to use Direct2d rendering.

    Well, an improvement either way.

  8. S says:

    I was about to post a message that IE 9.0.3 caused new tabs to fail to load.  However, I did an online search and found…/5c477d8c-6f95-474d-af62-218e4bb105dc.  The question perfectly described what I'm seeing (except this isn't IE9 beta).  I went to Add-on manager, disabled Adobe Shockwave Flash, restarted IE, and the issue went away.

    What happened: after restarting my computer for the security updates yesterday, I was then offered an update for Flash.  It wasn't just a security update though, and "upgraded" me to 11.0.1.  Word of advice: Flash 11 isn't ready for IE9 — do not upgrade yet.

  9. xpclient says:

    IE team, here is the dilemma, there is no denying IE9 is fast, its very fast. However fast page loading times is an improvement lost if the GUI is less efficient to use, because at the end of the day IE8 is 'fast enough' in terms of web page loading times. Now you have two minimalist IEs in Windows 8, one is Metro IE and the other desktop IE. Please restore the lost UI customizability to desktop IE so IE customers can get the best of both worlds. They can use Metro IE if they want a clean minimalist experience and desktop IE for power browsing. There's no sense in making both IEs so simplified. Without the presence of a separate search box, status bar with page loading indicator, Protected Mode status, privacy report icon, tab list button and many other removed features from the UI IE9 is less useful to me than IE8.

  10. 8675309 says:

    @s if your using 64bit window 7 you can now use a 64bit version of flash if you goto their site

  11. @xpclient says:

    None of the feature you mentioned is absent from IE9 but way of presenting things is changed.

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