Microsoft did not hint at when it would patch the Word bug, or whether it would go "out-of-band" and issue an emergency update before the next regularly-scheduled Patch Tuesday, which is April 8.
The Redmond, Wash. company rarely ships an out-of-band update unless attacks are widespread, which according to its Child's statement Monday, is currently not the case. The last out-of-band that Microsoft released was MS13-008, an emergency patch issued in January 2013 that plugged holes in IE6, IE7 and IE8 after the browsers had been exploited for several weeks.
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