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Friday, August 18, 2006

Windows Vista already has the bug

Microsoft has confirmed that two of the seven critical Windows patches released last week will also apply to Vista. That is better than having all seven apply to Vista but contradicts a suggestion by a Windows marketing manager a few months ago that Vista will make Patch Tuesday a thing of the past.

Vista is clear of the most serious flaw discovered recently, MS06-040, which was noted as serious by the Department of Homeland Security. The two security flaws which affect Vista are still in the critical class, which means that a remote attacker can gain control of a computer without the user having to initiate any action.

The two vulnerabilities which affect Vista are addressed by Microsoft security updates MS06-042, which plugs a hole in Internet Explorer, and MS06-051 which patches a vulnerability in the Windows Vista kernel itself.

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