Microsoft Patches Windows, Internet Explorer Security Flaws

The company rolled out July Patch Tuesday updates late yesterday, and these new fixes address no less than 29 different vulnerabilities in Microsoft software including Windows and Internet Explorer.

Two of these updates are rated Critical, three Important and ones comes with the Moderate rating.

The most important patch for Windows users is for a privately reported vulnerability that allows an attacker to run malicious code on a compromised system using an infected Journal file. Dustin Childs, group manager, Response Communications, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing talked about this:

“It’s worth noting that Windows Server versions do not have Windows Journal installed by default. That’s by design. You are always at less risk when you have fewer applications installed, so server systems ship with many optional components disabled.

If you haven’t reviewed the applications installed on your server recently, now is a good time to do so. Reducing the attack surface will have a positive impact on the overall security of the server.”

Internet Explorer also got a look this month, and Microsoft have fixed 24 different vulnerabilities in the web browser. No attacks have been recorded, by the way, but the software titan recommends users to prioritize the deployment of these Windows and Internet Explorer fixes.

Windows XP, of course, has once again been left out of these Patch Tuesday updates.

Which are being delivered via Windows Update — meaning no user interaction is needed to deploy these fixes other than keeping a computer connected to the Internet.

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