Microsoft fixes Windows security bugs in January's Patch Tuesday

The software giant issued 8 patches to fix security vulnerabilities in Windows, including one considered "critical" -- the most severe rating.

Microsoft has released the latest round of patches to fix vulnerabilities in its software, with one patch rated "critical."

In this month's release, out of the eight patches, the highest-rated flaw was found in Windows Telnet Service, which could allow an attacker to make malicious changes to a device.

Though it was the most important fix, the affected service isn't enabled by default, except older Windows Server 2003 machines that are no longer supported by the company.

Other bugs patched in the round of updates included vulnerabilities rated "important," which could allow an attacker to raise user privileges, bypass in-built security features, and launch denial-of-service attacks.

The software giant also released a patch for a vulnerability Google disclosed earlier this week, causing friction between the two companies.

In a lengthy blog post, Microsoft's Chris Betz argued as the security landscape has become "increasingly complex," companies should "come together" rather than release details of security vulnerabilities before they can be patched.

Google said it reported the bug back in October, which resulted in the disclosure following a 90-day waiting period.

Microsoft will release its next round of security patches and fixes on February 10.

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