Microsoft Corp. has announced that it will be issuing a record 13 security updates under its traditional Patch Tuesday cycle next week, plugging as many as 26 security holes in its Windows and Office software suites.
Of the 13 bulletins, five deal with vulnerabilities which could let hackers to remotely execute code if exploited, and hence are rated “critical”, while seven are rated as "important" and only one is pegged as “moderate”, according to the advisory released by the company on Thursday.
The security updates affect Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, along with Server 2003 and Server 2008.
In addition, this month’s update also includes a couple MS Office bulletins patching security vulnerabilities primarily in the older versions of the Office suite, and these aren’t applicable on the newer iterations of Office 2007 and Office 2008 for Mac that incorporate enhanced security capabilities.
Researchers at Microsoft are recommending users to upgrade to latest software in order to diminish the chances of hacking attacks on their machines.
Iterating the same, the software maker said in a blog post: “We encourage customers to upgrade to the latest versions of both Windows and Office. As this bulletin release shows, the latest versions are less impacted overall due to the improved security protections built in to these products”.