Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw

Wednesday Oct 13th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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Microsoft issues 16 security bulletins on "Patch Tuesday," with six rated "critical."

Cnet: On the latest "Patch Tuesday," Microsoft released fixes for the most security holes ever--49. The previous record was 34, a mark reached in October 2009, July 2010 and August 2010. "Microsoft has broken several of its own Patch Tuesday records this year, but this month far surpasses them all," said Joshua Talbot of security vendor Symantec. "Perhaps most notable this month is the number of vulnerabilities that facilitate remote code execution. By our count, 35 of the issues fall into this category. These are bugs that could allow an attacker to run any command they wish on vulnerable machines."

This month's release included 16 separate security bulletins, six of which are considered "critical." The bulletins cover Windows, Internet Explorer, and the .NET framework, and they fix one of the four vulnerabilities exploited by the well-publicized Stuxnet worm.

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