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Graham Cluley
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As part of its regular “Patch Tuesday” cycle, Microsoft has released a number of fixes for a number of its widely deployed products to patch critical security vulnerabilities.

Eight of the critical patches, addressing vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Silverlight, SQL Server, Forefront, Visual Studio, and other products, aim to stop hackers dead in their tracks from launching malicious attacks remotely.

A further five of the patches are classified as “important.”

In total, 34 security holes are fixed in what is Microsoft’s largest ever bundle of Patch Tuesday security updates.

Microsoft’s security response center has also released a chart, showing the severity of each vulnerability. “Red” means “critical” – in other words, that’s as bad as thing gets.

So the amount of “red” you see below should be a…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.