Microsoft has rolled-out a slew of security patches, which it says will help to improve some of its most popular products.Amongst the latest batch of fixes – dubbed Patch Tuesday – were five updates rated as critical.In the most recent monthly security release, Microsoft has looked to squash a number of potentially dangerous bugs in its products, including a raft of fixes for the Microsoft Edge browser and Internet Explorer.Several other Office products have also been patched, including Skype, as Microsoft looks to cover a number of serious vulnerabilities.
Internet Explorer received the largest number of ‘critical’ updates, which refer to bugs that Microsoft thinks could be exploited by cyber criminals to target users.
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This includes one patch that stops attackers being able to take complete control of a victim’s machine if they open a malicious office document – an increasingly popular cybercrime tactic at the moment.
According to the US technology firm, “the most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer.”An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user.“If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could take control of an affected system.”An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”
Amongst the latest batch of fixes – dubbed Patch Tuesday – were five updates rated as critical
A similar attack was possible with Microsoft’s minimalist new web browser, Edge, but was also fixed in the latest update.Other patches are fixing faults in the the way Windows, Office and Skype handle certain types of fonts, which Microsoft says could also be exploited by criminals to hijack a PC by getting the victim to view files with specially crafted font.Windows 10 users have also been given a patch that fixes an issue Microsoft Edge has when viewing PDF files, as the company also wants to remove the possibility of hackers using malicious PDFs to hijack a victim’s PC.The August Patch Tuesday has brought the total number of security fixes and updates issued by Microsoft this year up to a staggering 103.
Last year, Microsoft issued 93 patches during the same period.And in 2014, before the release of Windows 10, Microsoft only pushed-out a meagre 51 patches during the first eight months of the year.The news comes as Microsoft continues the roll out of the first major upgrade to Windows 10.The Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings a range of improvements and upgrades for users, including a redesigned Start Menu (with twice as many adverts as the previous version), new handwriting recognition software, enhanced capabilities for Cortana and more.Express.co.uk reviewed the latest update here, stating “those who are not yet sold on Microsoft’s vision of the future of its iconic operating system will not be won round by this latest iteration. But those who are already on-board will benefit from a number of evolutionary upgrades.”