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Microsoft Finally Patches Its Jet Database Vulnerability

Microsoft has released six patches yesterday as part of its ritual patch Tuesday, three of which were flagged as critical and relate to Windows, Word, Publisher and Microsoft's own Malware Protection Engine.

Arguably the most important patch deals with the Microsoft Jet Database Engine which allows data to be exchanged between applications such as Microsoft Access and Visual Basic and has been present in Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003.

Microsoft has also patched two critical vulnerabilities in Word and Outlook when dealing with Rich Text Format documents and CSS code as well as one which affected Word 2000 and Publisher 2000.

All those critical weaknesses would have allowed hackers to attack victims' computers by executing malware code remotely with little or no intervention from the computer user.

The Malware Protection scanning Engine patch quashes two bugs that allowed third parties to launch denial of service attacks.

All the updates are available online or through Automatic updates.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.