Microsoft Issues Three New Security Updates: Mark Your Calendars

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This week, Microsoft announced three Windows updates that are considered to be "critical," Microsoft's highest rating on the seriousness of security flaws.

According to BizReport, Microsoft said one of the flaws allow hackers to take control of computers running the Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems. The hole is one of at least eight other serious security problems that the company highlighted today in a posting on its Web site.

This batch of updates is the second since Microsoft revised its patch release schedule to issue software fixes on the second Tuesday of each month. Microsoft said it made the changes to help ease the burden on system administrators by making its patching process more predictable.

Installing Updates: If you manage your own computer, install updates as soon as they become available. If your computer is part of a managed network, contact your system administrator before making any changes.

Issue 1:

The Windows(R) security updates address newly discovered issues in Microsoft(R) Windows, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, a component of Windows. Click here to see if you have any of the listed software installed on your computer, and if so, download your patch now.

Issue 2:

The Office security update for November 2003 addresses newly discovered issues in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Works Suite. Click here to see if you have any of the listed software installed on your computer, and if so, download your patch now.

Issue 3:

The security update for FrontPage® Server Extensions for November 2003 addresses newly discovered issues in Microsoft® FrontPage Server Extensions. FrontPage Server Extensions extend the functionality of FrontPage-based Web sites. The security issues related to this software affect other software that uses this technology, including some versions of Microsoft Windows®, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SharePoint Team Services.

Several versions of this update are available. You should download and install the one that's right for you. To determine which one that is, you first need to determine which version of FrontPage Server Extensions is installed on your computer, and which version of Windows you are running.

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