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Microsoft to patch Windows - but not IE

Microsoft says it will fix three Windows holes but it is still investigating or working on fixing holes in IE that have been reportedly exploited in attacks.
Written by Elinor Mills, Contributor on

Microsoft said on Thursday that it will release two security bulletins next week fixing three holes in Windows, but it is still investigating or working on fixing holes in Internet Explorer that have been reportedly exploited in attacks.

One bulletin due out on Patch Tuesday, rated 'important', affects only Windows Vista but the second one, with an aggregate rating of 'critical', affects all supported versions of Windows.

Microsoft said it is not releasing updates to address a hole affecting Windows Graphics Rendering Engine that it disclosed on Tuesday, or one disclosed in late December, Security Advisory 2488013, that affects Internet Explorer and for which there have been reports of targeted attacks, the company said in a post on the Microsoft Security Response Center blog.

For more on this story, read Microsoft to fix Windows holes, but not ones in IE on CNET News.

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