In a somewhat rare move, Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing an "out-of-band" update on Monday. This is the term that Microsoft uses to describe an update that is outside of the normal monthly schedule of updates. A couple of weeks Microsoft announced that they had discovered a vulnerability in the way that Windows parses the shortcut files for icons on the desktop and system tray. Since then, Microsoft has noticed a large increase in the number of attacks based on this exploit. About a week ago Microsoft issued a work around patch that allowed Windows users to manually apply the fix. I tried this but found that it eliminated the icons on my desktop and taskbar.
Microsoft has announced that the patch will be released by 12 noon central time on Monday.