Microsoft Fixes 19 Windows Security Flaws

Microsoft today issued a bulk of software updates to bung at leats 19 security holes in its various Windows operating systems and added software, 15 of which becoming the company's a lot of acute "critical" rating.

This month's batch of patches fixes some adequately critical flaws. Redmond labels a security blemish "critical" if attackers could use it to appropriate control over an accessible arrangement afterwards any advice from the victim. What's more, a dozen of the flaws becoming the accomplished appraisement on Microsoft's "exploitability index," which is the software maker's best admiration of the likelihood that abyss will anon advance reliable means to accomplishment them to break into Windows-based machines.

Patches are accessible for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. Microsoft said none of the vulnerabilities affect Windows 7, its newest operating system. Windows users can download the updates from Windows Up gradation or via Automatic Up gradation.

Many of the flaws fixed this a security axis from faulty ActiveX controls, tiny programs congenital to plan with Internet Explorer that accept to the Windows operating system. As a result, flaws in ActiveX controls can accord hackers acute powerful tool with which to yield over vulnerable systems. In my opinion, ActiveX flaws are a part of the prime causes to browse the Web with an alternative browser, such as Firefox or Opera. Indeed, according to Microsoft, all of these ActiveX vulnerabilities can be exploited alone by acceptable an Internet Explorer user to visit a afraid or awful Web site.

Today's absolution as well fixes four ActiveX flaws that shipped with a lot of accurate versions of Microsoft Office, including Office 2000 Web Components, Office XP, and Office 2003. Microsoft warns that at least one of these Office flaws is actively accepting exploited online.
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Another notable shipped this month fixes a brace of analytical flaws in the way Windows processes .AVI files, acceptation attackers could use this vulnerability to annex Windows computers just by accepting anyone to accessible a booby-trapped video file.

As usual, amuse bead a band in the comments if you are getting any problems installing these patches, or stability or usability issues afterwards installing them.
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