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Microsoft Issues First Patches For Vista

August 16th, 2006

Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that two of the 12 security bulletins issued last week affect Windows Vista Beta 2, the widely-used preview, and posted download instructions for the first security updates to its next-generation operating system.

“We are committed to releas[ing] Windows Vista updates for all MSRC [Microsoft Security Response Center] critical class issues that may arise during the beta testing period,” wrote Alex Heaton, product manager for the Windows Vista security team, on the group´s blog.

Out of the dozen bulletins released Aug. 8, two — MS06-042 and MS06-051 — impact Vista Beta 2. “Of the seven critical Windows updates released in August, only 2 also affect Windows Vista Beta 2 or later,” said Heaton.

MS06-042 is a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer that included patches for 8 different vulnerabilities; MS06-051 detailed a fix for a flaw in the Windows kernel that might let attackers hijack PCs by drawing users to malicious Web sites.Read Full Story

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