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Windows 8, RT to Receive First Security Patches Next Week

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Fixes key loopholes for potential injection of malicious code.

Microsoft's recently launched operating system, Windows 8, is due to receive its first critical security update next week.

Scheduled for a release on Tuesday, Windows 8 and Windows RT users will be protected from hackers potentially running malware on unprotected PCs.

The patches are being released to prevent "remote code execution," which effectively means holes in the OS that could let a cracker remotely run malicious code on a PC will be closed off.

In addition to Windows 8, the fixes applies to other major Windows versions, including XP, Vista, Windows 7, in addition to Server 2003, 2008 and 2012.

The incoming update delivers a total of six security patches -- four are considered critical, one important, while the other is dubbed moderate. The majority of fixes are focused towards the Windows operating system, accompanied by a fix of a flaw in Internet Explorer 9 and another hole found in Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, as well as the 2010 version for the PC, Office 2008 and 2011 for the Mac.

Windows 8 owners, as well as users of previous versions of the OS can activate the patches manually by clicking on the shortcut for Windows Update via the Start menu. Those who have enabled automatic updates will have the patches installed without any required actions come Tuesday.

 

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    freggo , November 9, 2012 10:14 PM
    Imagine the Airline or car manufacturers had that many 'security' issues. We'd scream bloddy murder.
    Win 8 is just out the door and it already begins to turn into Swiss Cheese; holes everywhere.

    :-(

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    Anonymous , November 9, 2012 10:43 PM
    @freggo imagine if car mfg gave updates that made your car perform better, for free!
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    bystander , November 9, 2012 10:51 PM
    freggoImagine the Airline or car manufacturers had that many 'security' issues. We'd scream bloddy murder.Win 8 is just out the door and it already begins to turn into Swiss Cheese; holes everywhere.:-(

    The update is for all Windows OS's currently supported. The question is, why did they bother posting this here. Since when do they make articles about past patches?

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    In addition to Windows 8, the fixes applies to other major Windows versions, including XP, Vista, Windows 7, in addition to Server 2003, 2008 and 2012.

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    gerchokas , November 9, 2012 11:02 PM
    @freggo
    W8 is just 7 with a new UI, and they are very well-accomplished and secure OSes.. I get the feeling you just don't like Metro/App store..

    bystanderThe question is, why did they bother posting this here. Since when do they make articles about past patches?


    Yeah, It's just another patch... :/ 
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    notsleep , November 10, 2012 3:06 AM
    when will they remove the restrictions for built-in admin account in win8? none of my gfwl pc games will run due to live not working under built-in admin account. i have no idea if it works in non-built-in admin account since i never use non-built-in admin account for my home pcs. borderlands 2 won't launch. no metro apps will run either. :( 

    we going backwards, microsoft with windows 8 by removing power users' freedom? :p 

    hopefully, some hackers will figure out how to remove all the restrictions placed on the built-in admin account. i mean that's the whole point of being a power user and using the built-in admin account. we power users don't want any stinkin' restrictions. :) 
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    ojas , November 10, 2012 5:57 AM
    Lol so now do we get a news article on this every tuesday?
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    Pherule , November 10, 2012 7:09 AM
    AHA! Glad I'm using MS Office 2000 then!

    My next upgrade will probably also be Libre Office. MS introduced the ribbon. I hate the ribbon. Besides, I have tried Libre and it is nice.
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    phatboe , November 10, 2012 7:31 AM
    it''s great they are still making patches for XP too
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    zybch , November 10, 2012 8:49 AM
    bystanderThe update is for all Windows OS's currently supported. The question is, why did they bother posting this here. Since when do they make articles about past patches?

    Look whos the author of this 'story'. Is it any surprise that non-worthwhile news is being reported as news to get a few hits.
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    john_4 , November 10, 2012 12:12 PM
    freggoImagine the Airline or car manufacturers had that many 'security' issues. We'd scream bloddy murder.Win 8 is just out the door and it already begins to turn into Swiss Cheese; holes everywhere.:-(

    Agree, Windows is a FED co-authored Swiss Cheese OS
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    weierstrass , November 10, 2012 8:01 PM
    When they didn't even had time to finish the notification centre, I wonder what else might be missing in Win8.
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    Bloob , November 11, 2012 10:31 AM
    A bit off topic but this is just bullshit:
    http://microsoft-news.com/directx-11-1-not-coming-to-windows-7/
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