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Microsoft Update sees another massive patch Tuesday

The December batch of patches will cover security holes in Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, SharePoint and Exchange. A total of 40 security vulnerabilities are being patched from 17 bulletins.

Of the 17 bulletins;  Microsoft said two bulletins will be rated "critical," the company's highest severity rating. These were to address bugs that hackers have already exploited under the mailware name Stuxnet. The remaining 14 were rated as "important."

The Stuxnet bug is a elevation of privilege flaw in the Windows Task Scheduler. Exploit code for this vulnerability is public and works against systems running Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 so it's very important to patch your operating system.

With this month's updates it brings the total bulletins for this year to 106. The highest number recorded in any year.

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