Microsoft makes available Vista patches
August 18, 2006
Yesterday, Microsoft released security patches for its new Windows Vista operating system, which is currently in beta. The two security patches are necessary since Vista is subject to the same security flaws addressed in other Microsoft operating systems during its huge patch delivered on August 8th.
Microsoft's patches repair critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and the Windows kernel as detailed in Microsoft Security Bulletins MS06-042 and MS06-051.
Security patches are not normally issued for beta software, since no one is supposed to be using it in a critical environment. But Microsoft has issued patches for Vista before.
The patch, rated 'critical', covered a similar WMF flaw that hit the company's other operating systems a week earlier.
The vulnerability was in the Graphics Rendering Engine and could allow an attacker to gain control of a target machine.
Some commentators have suggested that Microsoft has issued the patches to pre-empt security software companies creating 'we've found a hole in Vista' stories.
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