SOFTWARE BUG FACTORY Microsoft is gearing up to patch a massive 64 security holes in its software next week.
Next Tuesday it will release 17 patches, with nine rated critical and eight rated important. It will be one of the biggest of Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday updates in a while, fixing vulnerabilities across Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, the .NET framework and GDI+.
This month's flurry of patches will fix a Windows MIME Encapsulation of Aggregate HTML (MHTML) vulnerability that Microsoft warned about at the end of February.
Later in March the Redmond, Washington hive found that the vulnerability was being targeted with limited attacks, which can result in system damage similar to what happens in a server-side cross-site-scripting (XSS) attack.
It will also fix an SMB browser vulnerability that Microsoft found out about in February. It said that although this flaw could theoretically result in remote code execution, it was unlikely to happen and indeed, so far, there has been no evidence of attacks.
There isn't any word about whether the patches will fix bugs in Internet Explorer found by security researchers during this year's Pwn2own hacking contest, although one might have assumed that would be a priority. µ
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