Microsoft Urges Users to Patch Numerous Critical Flaws

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On Tuesday, Microsoft released, as part of its regularly scheduled monthly security updates, one of the biggest patch roundups in months.

Seven of the security vulnerabilities Microsoft marked "critical" affect the Windows operating system and related software, including the Internet Explorer browser, media player and instant messaging program. The eighth is with the Redmond software maker's Office XP business software.

One of the critical public flaws affects Windows and could allow remote code execution from a flaw in an ActiveX control. The bulletin, MS05-013, is critical for Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows ME. It is classified important for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and moderate for Windows Server 2003.

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