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Windows Vista Beta 2 gets two security patches

Antony Savvas

Two of the critical security patches issued by Microsoft last week are aimed at Beta 2 of the forthcoming Windows Vista operating system as well as commercially available Windows platforms.

Microsoft issued 12 patches to address 23 security vulnerabilities last week, with seven of those patches deemed “critical” by the company.

It has confirmed that two of these critical patches are aimed at Beta 2 of Windows Vista, even though the operating system isn’t set for a general commercial launch until early next year.

The company wants to make sure that its Windows Vista beta users are protected from internet threats from remote attackers.

The two patches aimed at Beta 2 Windows Vista are security bulletins MS06-042 and MS06-051.

MS06-042 is a cumulative security update for the Internet Explorer browser, which includes fixes for eight different vulnerabilities.

MS06-051 is a fix for a flaw in the Windows kernel. It potentially allows remote attackers to take over users’ systems when they visit malicious websites.

 

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