By Jabulani Leffall
April 15, 2009
Microsoft has rolled out eight fixes in its monthly security release
that addressing 23 vulnerabilities. The volume of security bulletins in
the April patch marks this release as another historic Patch Tuesday
event. Five items are deemed "critical" and two are labeled "important."
Finally, Microsoft rounded out the slate with a "moderate" fix.
"Since Microsoft started providing exploitability information, this is
the first time we've seen as many six vulnerabilities being exploited in
the wild at the time the corresponding bulletins were released," said
Don Leatham, director of solutions and strategy at Lumension. "This is
definitely putting pressure on IT teams to get these patches tested in
their environments and out to the endpoints in their organizations."
This month's security update touches on a wide array of Windows
applications and services. Internet Explorer, Excel and Word get fixes
Items associated with remote-code execution attacks by hackers get the
critical status. The important fixes are designed to stave off two
instances of elevation-of-privilege exploits. The moderate item is
supposed to stop a denial-of-service attack.
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