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Friday, 05 February 2010 12:15

Microsoft plans mega patch on Tuesday

Written by Nick Farell

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26 flaws fixed, millions to go


Microsoft is
going to release a monster security update for its Patch Tuesday release, repairing a total of 26 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Office with 13 updates, five of which are ranked "critical." According to Microsoft's advanced notification bulletin seven are rated with the slightly less severe ranking of "important" and one is deemed "moderate."

There are also to Microsoft Office bulletins plugging holes in mainly older versions of Office. The Office patches won't apply to newer versions Office 2007 and Office 2008 for Mac that come equipped with more advanced security functions. Redmond said that there are no in-the-wild attacks exploiting the vulnerabilities. However, Microsoft researchers advised users to upgrade their systems with the latest software versions that incorporate elevated security protections in order to prevent possible future attack.

"We encourage customers to upgrade to the latest versions of both Windows and Office. As this bulletin release shows, the latest versions are less impacted overall due to the improved security protections built in to these products," Microsoft said in a company blog post.

Included in Tuesday's impending update is a fix for a previously disclosed vulnerability in Windows Kernel, which Microsoft researchers detected in January. If exploited, the vulnerability could enable hackers to infiltrate a user's computer with elevated privileges.

Nick Farell

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