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Microsoft Fixes 14 Flaws

Microsoft Tuesday released five security bulletins that patched 14 different vulnerabilities, including an awaited fix for Internet Explorer, the browser which has been victimized for weeks by multiple exploits installing adware, spyware, and keyloggers on users' PCs.

Three of the bulletins were tagged as "critical," one as "important," and the fifth as "moderate;" that last is Microsoft's second-from-the-bottom alert.

However, the majority of the 14 bugs in the 5 bulletins were labeled "critical" by the Redmond, Wash. developer, meaning that they should be patched as soon as possible. Of the 9 critical flaws, 7 relate to the MS06-013 security bulletin, a massive update for Internet Explorer 5.0 and 6.0 (but not, apparently, the Beta 2 Preview of IE 7).

Still, said one analyst, the bugs aren't anything out of the ordinary.

"It's the same sort of thing we get every month," said Mike Murray, director of research at vulnerability management vendor nCircle. "There's not really anything that's surprising here."

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