Microsoft to Issue 17 Security Bulletins to Patch Critical and Important Vulnerabilities

Microsoft will release 17 security bulletins in the upcoming Patch Tuesday. Out of the security 17 bulletins, nine are rated critical by the company, while the rest are rated as important.


Albuquerque, NM -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/18/2011 -- Microsoft is all set to mitigate 64 security vulnerabilities in the upcoming Patch Tuesday. The advance notification of the company states that 17 security bulletins will be released. The vulnerabilities are associated with Windows operating system, Office Suite, PowerPoint Web Application and Visual Studio. The developer will also release an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software removal tool.

Out of the security 17 bulletins, nine are rated critical by the company, while the rest are rated as important. As per the company's severity rating system, those vulnerabilities are considered critical, which allow proliferation of an Internet worm, without any user intervention. Vulnerabilities, which could be exploited to compromise integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and processing resources, are considered important. In this case, exploitation of vulnerabilities associated with 15 bulletins may cause remote code execution. Out of the remaining two security bulletins, exploitation of vulnerabilities associated with one bulletin may lead to information disclosure, while that of other may cause elevation of privilege.

Vulnerabilities are identified by in-house security professionals, independent security researchers and experts associated with Internet security firms. Vulnerabilities and their exploits are also placed in the wild by cybercriminals. Professionals qualified in secured programming and IT masters degree could help in timely detection and mitigation of vulnerabilities in software products.

Microsoft releases patch on every second Tuesday of a month. Individual users and security administrators may keep track of the security bulletins issued by the company, update the relevant software and adhere to the guidelines issued. Ironically, cybercriminals take advantage of the lack of cyber security awareness and negligence of Internet users to exploit vulnerable systems. Developers must create awareness among people on vulnerabilities, patch management and cyber security guidelines through blogs, online tutorials and advertisements. They may also collaborate with universities to devise cyber security and online computer degree programs. Internet users must adhere to the security advisories and adhere to the guidelines.

Hiring professionals qualified in online technology degree programs may help organizations in timely identification and application of appropriate patches, and security updates. Proactive action by IT professionals is crucial to eliminate weaknesses in the IT infrastructure, before their exploitation by cybercriminals.

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