Microsoft issues multiple critical Windows patches

Seven updates fix a total of 32 vulnerabilities, four of them already publicly-disclosed. The Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer fixes a stunning 24 vulnerabilities.

Microsoft has released their monthly Patch Tuesday updates. There are seven updates: six for Windows, one for Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server. Three of the Windows updates are rated Critical, the other three Important.

A total of 32 vulnerabilities are addressed in these updates, 24 of them in the Cumulative Update for Internet Explorer. Four of the vulnerabilities have already been publicly disclosed, according to Microsoft and, for two of those, Microsoft is aware of targeted attacks in the wild which attempt to exploit it. Microsoft credits 13 different researchers for reporting vulnerabilities to them.

In their initial Advance Notification for this month, Microsoft indicated that there would be five updates, four for Windows. On Monday they issued an updated Advance Notification Bulletin which added two extra updates for Windows. They are MS14-005 and MS14-006 in the list above.


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