04 May 2012

Microsoft to Fix 23 Security Flaws with a New Patch

Microsoft plans to fix 23 security vulnerabilities by a patch to be released next week. With the new updates available, the company will have issued 70 patches so far this year, more than the 59 in the same period of last year.

The vulnerabilities were recently spotted in a variety of products, from Microsoft Windows and Silverlight to Microsoft Office and the .NET Framework. The patch will be released in seven security bulletins.

According to the software giant’s notice, three vulnerabilities are rated “critical” because they affect all of Microsoft's current operating systems, and run the risk of remote code execution attacks. The other four flaws are tagged as “important,” but two also may be exploited in remote code execution hacks.

The new patch is continuing Microsoft’s trend this year of large numbers of monthly security patches. On May 3, the company released seven bulletins that contain almost two-dozen security flaws in Windows, Office, Silverlight and .NET Framework. The software giant is scheduled to issue the patches May 8.