Microsoft patches a pair of flaws

Wednesday, 9 June 2004, 6:47 AM EST

One patch fixes a problem in the DirectPlay network gaming functionality of DirectX, which enables games that support the feature to offer head-to-head matchups over the Internet. The security issue could enable an attacker to disrupt the connection and crash the game.

The second patch solves a security problem with the Crystal Reports Web Viewer, a third-party product included with Visual Studio .Net 2003, Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager, and Microsoft Business Solutions CRM 1.2. The flaw could allow for a denial-of-service attack or give an attacker access to information on the computer.

The two flaws are ranked as "moderate," the software giant's second-lowest grade for security vulnerabilities.

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