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Jul 17, 2007

Critical security vulnerabilities found in Microsoft's software

Windows and Mac computer users must patch their systems, as Microsoft releases July 2007 security bulletins.

Sophos Antivirus vendor has advised computer users to install a number of new critical security patches from Microsoft.

As part of its monthly "Patch Tuesday" schedule Microsoft has issued six new bulletins (three of them labeled "critical") about 11 security vulnerabilities in its software.

Vulnerabilities described in the critical security bulletins include security issues with Microsoft Excel (in both Windows and Apple Mac versions), Windows Active Directory and the .Net Framework. The remaining bulletins address issues in Windows Vista's Firewall, Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 and IIS 5.1 on Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Some of the flaws in Microsoft's code could allow remote code execution, enabling a hacker to access data on a vulnerable PC or run malicious code such as a worm.
Read more about the security patches now, and protect your computers

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos said :

"Businesses and home users must be prepared to regularly install security patches from Microsoft, or risk having vulnerabilities on their PC exploited by hackers."

Microsoft doesn't announce critical security problems in its software for the fun of it - they're warning people of serious issues in the hope that customers will update and protect themselves before hackers can take advantage of the situation. Acting now will help defend your computers and help reduce the risk of cybercriminals running riot.

Home users of Microsoft Windows can visit to have their systems scanned for Microsoft security vulnerabilities.

Sophos suggests that every IT manager responsible for security should consider subscribing to vulnerability mailing lists such as that operated by Microsoft at

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