Microsoft releases 8 critical software patches to repair vulnerabilities
NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. released eight critical updates Tuesday to patch security holes in its Windows operating system, Internet Explorer browser, Windows Media Player and Office productivity software.
The critical patches - so called because they address problems deemed to pose the highest threat in Microsoft's security warning system - all are designed to prevent an attacker from taking control of another person's computer without that user's permission.
The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker also released three patches rated "important" and one that was rated "moderate."
Users can go to www.microsoft.com/security to download the Microsoft patches.