It’s not very often that it happens, but when Microsoft stops everything to work on a security issue then we should all take notice. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-078.mspx
So what do we do? Well within an hour of the release we started to deploy it for testing internally and after some testing we continued to deploy the patch to all out clients. The result will be that within 12 hours all our clients will be patched (desktops at least) and their servers will get the patches out of hours.
How can you tell if you are patched – well when did you last rebot your machine? If it’s before the 17th December 2008 then you’re not protected. If you patch and you machine says not to reboot, then reboot anyway.
So with engineers patching away on systems (most within a 200 mile raduis) we can relax again and keep an eye out for the next time.