Microsoft today released updates to fix at least 26 security vulnerabilities in its Windows operating systems and other software. At least 17 of those flaws earned Microsoft's "critical" rating, meaning they could be exploited to break into vulnerable systems with little or no help from the victim.
The 26 vulnerabilities are the most Microsoft has addressed since it had 25 in August of 2006, which also included 17 rated as critical, according to anti-virus firm Symantec.
Microsoft patched two holes in that have already been used in targeted attacks against people browsing the Web with Internet Explorer 6 and 7. In addition to those two fixes, one bundle of critical updates plugs five other security holes in Internet Explorer, most of which Microsoft said are present all versions of the browser.
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Brian Krebs on Computer Security. The Washington Post Company.