Microsoft issued six "critical" security patches on Tuesday to fix
flaws in its software products that the company warned could allow
attackers to take control of a user's computer.
Microsoft issued the patches as part of its monthly security
bulletin. There were no patches issued in the update for the newest
version of Windows, called Vista.
Microsoft defines a flaw as "critical" when the vulnerability could
allow a damaging Internet worm to replicate without the user doing
anything to the machine.
The world's biggest software maker said the critical flaws affected
versions of its Windows, Office, Works, Internet Explorer and
Microsoft Malware Protection Engine products. It rated the other
holes at its lower threat level of "important."
The latest patches can be downloaded at www.microsoft.com/security.