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May Security Patch Release Shows few Surprises

Microsoft's May Security Patch Release came with very few surprises, a welcome break from the other problems that cropped up during the week.

As promised with the pre-release notification, four patches were released, dealing with Office, Windows, and the Windows Malware Protection Engine. One historical patch (MS06-069) was re-released, to account for the vulnerability extending to Windows XP SP 3, which was recently released.

Of the released patches, three were Critical, relating to remote code execution vulnerabilities, with the Malware Protection Engine vulnerability being a Denial of Service type vulnerability.

The only real surprise was the patch for the Jet Database Engine, as it is something that Microsoft had said in the past that they would not be patching. As the only vulnerability being actively exploited at the time of patching, it is a welcome relief to see Microsoft providing a fix for this issue.

18 May 2008

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