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Microsoft Warns of Six 'Very Critical' Security Flaws

Reuters News Wire (
Tue, 13 Feb 2007 18:04:26 -0600

Microsoft Corp. issued six "critical" security patches on Tuesday to
fix flaws in its software products that the company warned could allow
attackers to take control of a user's computer.

Microsoft, whose Windows operating system runs on more than 95 percent
of the world's computers, issued the patches as part of its monthly
security bulletin. There were no patches issued in the update for the
newest version of Windows, called Vista.

Microsoft made Vista available to consumers in January after five
years of development and a number of delays to improve security. The
company says the new operating system is the most secure Windows
program ever.

Microsoft defines a flaw as "critical" when the vulnerability could
allow a damaging Internet worm to replicate without the user doing
anything to the machine.

The world's biggest software maker said the critical flaws affected
versions of its Windows, Office, Works, Internet Explorer and
Microsoft Malware Protection Engine products. It rated the other holes
at its lower threat level of "important."

The company has been working to improve the security and reliability
of its software as more and more malicious software target weaknesses
in Windows and other Microsoft software.

The latest patches can be downloaded at

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.

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