Microsoft releases new ‘critical’ security patches

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The flaws, mentioned in Microsoft’s monthly security update, could allow hackers to gain control of users’ computers and steal data, using the Windows operating platform.

By exploiting the holes hackers could potentially access machines and solicit financial information or use them to distribute junk emails.

Last month, Microsoft found two new security flaws in its software, including a critical hole that has been used to spread viruses using Jpeg graphics.

The higher than usual number of security bulletins affect products including Excel, Internet Explorer and Windows XP.

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