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Microsoft plugs security holes

In Brief / SOFTWARE

June 13, 2007|From Times Wire Services

Microsoft Corp. released four crucial patches to plug security holes in several versions of its Windows operating system, Internet Explorer Web browser and other programs.

The patches that carried Microsoft's highest security warning all are to prevent hackers from remotely taking control of computers without permission.

Three of the patches aim to protect Windows users who unwittingly expose their computers to attack by visiting Web pages infected with malicious code or look at similarly tainted e-mails with Outlook Express or Windows Mail. A fourth patch prevents hackers from gaining remote access to PCs by installing a special program.

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