Microsoft security alert

Monday, 4 December 2006, 1:35 AM EST

The surge in critical updates that Microsoft has been issuing shows no sign of weakening. The company just shipped 12 bug patches - nine of them critical - affecting everything from Windows to IE to Office apps. And unfortunately, things have not gone smoothly.

In keeping with what is now a regrettably familiar pattern, hackers launched a zero-day attack on a hole that one of the fixes addressed, before the patch could be released. This exploit was designed to target the Windows "Server service", which handles file and printer sharing in Windows 2000 SP 4 through Windows Server 2003 as well as in Windows XP SP1 and SP2.

At PC World.

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