Microsoft issues barrage of security updates

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Microsoft has issued an advisory, informing users of a bumper pack of software updates to fix at least 19 security holes in its operating system and other Windows software.

These security updates come as part of Microsoft’s regular “Patch Tuesday” process, which every month delivers important patches to Windows users. On this occasion, five of the updates have been given Microsoft’s highest severity level – “critical”.

What will probably give computer users the most reason to act quickly, however, is that Microsoft has given some of the critical updates an Exploitability Index rating of “1”.

As the company explains on its Security Response blog, that means that it expects that “consistent, reliable exploit code” is likely to…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.