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Six critical patches released by Microsoft

Lumension Security : 14 August, 2008  (Technical Article)
Remote code execution vulnerabilities patched to protect Windows, Explorer and other Microsoft programmes in latest set of patches
Microsoft has released six critical patches and five important patches, making August a bumper month with 26 vulnerabilities - the highest for two years.

Andrew Clarke, Vice President International, Lumension Security comments: "All six critical patches are identified as fixing "remote code execution" vulnerabilities relating to Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Media Access Player, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Office. These critical updates will affect both desk tops and servers.

"This is one of the largest Patch Tuesday's we have seen in recent years. IT departments will need to act quickly and carefully assess which patches should receive priority, especially as in many cases these vulnerabilities could give criminals control of the computer and access to resources available to that computer.

"Looking at the impact on IT groups managing servers, critical updates will be issued that apply to Windows 2000 (1), 2003 (2) and 2008 (2). For those managing desktops, critical updates will be released for XP(3), Vista (2), Office 2000 (4), Office XP (1) and Office 2003 (1).

"Companies of all sizes are under threat this month as there is potential for attackers to affect multiple operating systems and to take illegal control of business-critical applications. For users of Windows Messenger, vulnerability MS08-050 is concerning as it allows unauthorised access to a user's messenger account.'
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