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Microsoft Issues Record ‘Monthly’ Security Bulletin In August 2010

Software giant Microsoft on August 10, 2010, a Tuesday issued 14 security patches, of which 8 are rated as "critical," towards addressing 34 flaws inflicting its products. These patches reportedly make an unprecedented record, with the number also setting a tie with another record for the maximum count of vulnerabilities encountered during June 2010.

Said Microsoft in its Security Response Center blog, of the 8 critical fixes, 4 have been given the maximum urgency. Cnet.com reported this on August 10, 2010. The 4 fixes include:

MS10-052, which addresses a flaw in the MPEG Layer-3 audio codecs of Microsoft letting the execution of remote code via the opening of a malicious created media file alternatively a Windows PC downloading a maliciously created hot content from an online site.

MS10-055, which plugs a loophole within the Cinepak Codec of Windows Media Player letting the execution of remote code when a PC views a maliciously created media file alternatively downloads a maliciously created hot content from an online site.

MS10-056, which addresses 4 vulnerabilities within Microsoft Office with one, which lets the execution of remote code, when a maliciously created e-mail of the rich text style is opened.

And, MS10-060, which fixes 2 holes inside Microsoft Silverlight and Microsoft.Net Framework, letting the execution of remote code.

In addition to these fixes, Microsoft released 6 more security bulletins rated as "important" of which 2 -MS10-047 and MS10-048 represent Windows Kernel patches. The final 2 flaws are patched with MS10-049 and MS10-054 of the latest security bulletin.

Remarking about Microsoft's present series of fixes, Director of Security Operations Andrew Storms for nCircle said that it was Microsoft's one more movies-to-malware month. 4 of the 14 patches in August resolved problems in media software, he pointed out. SCMagazineUS.com published this on August 10, 2010.

Storms continued that already Microsoft had plugged holes within media software in February, March, April, and June 2010, therefore August continued a growing as also obvious trend. He added that Internet users' activities nowadays mostly involved music/videos and malware purveyors kept on exploiting the situation wherein people largely remained unaware about malware on such files.

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