Microsoft Patches Record Vulnerabilities

Microsoft has released the heaviest security update so far this year with 10 security updates for 34 vulnerabilities.

This number of patches matches the record which was set by Microsoft in October 09.

The latest security bulletins include, 14 in Microsoft Excel and 8 for Windows and Internet Explorer (IE). Most of the vulnerabilities these patches hope to eliminate would put users at risk of full system compromise if exploited.

Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications at McAfee Labs spoke on the subject today, stating: "This month's patches again underline the risk of using the internet unprotected.

"These vulnerabilities could be exploited to booby-trap websites, Office and Windows Media files to gain control over vulnerable computers simply by tricking victims into opening a malicious file or clicking a malicious link," he stated.

McAfee is advising users to install these patches as soon as possible.

Microsoft's large number of fixes are said to relate to the increased internet threat level due to the yet-to-be-patched vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat.

Adobe has promised that its security response team is currently finalising a patch and the company expects to provide an update for Flash Player 10.x for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux by 10.06.10.

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