Microsoft has released seven security patches as part of its monthly updating cycle, including a "critical" patch for a Windows Meta File (WMF) vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
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The firm also rated another patch for vulnerability in Windows Media Player as "critical." The five other updates are labelled as "important" by Microsoft.
The update for Internet Explorer follows a security advisory on the problem the company issued last week, after the WMF flaw was discovered.
The flaw however only exists in IE 5.01 with Service Pack 4 on Windows 2000, and IE 5.5 with Service Pack 2 on Windows ME, which means that most users are not affected.
The vulnerability could allow remote attackers to take over a user’s machine. Microsoft recommended last week that users should upgrade to IE6 with Service Pack 1.
The vulnerability in Windows Media Player could potentially allow remote attackers to take control of a system using a specially crafted image.