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Microsoft Issues Critical Security Patches, Sophos Advises Customers

  • 16 June, 2005 11:24

<p>Microsoft issued a batch of ten security fixes for its customers yesterday. The software company has rated three of the patches as "critical" - its highest level of severity. The critical patches address vulnerabilities in Windows and Internet Explorer that can allow an unauthorised remote attacker to take control of a computer.</p>
<p>"Users of Microsoft's software need to ensure that they are quick to apply critical security patches," said Carole Theriault, security consultant for Sophos. "Applying patches in a timely fashion can help prevent PCs from being exploited by hackers and virus writers. With an increasing number of threats designed to steal confidential and sensitive information, no one wants to be caught with their pants down."</p>
<p>Read more about the security vulnerabilities on Microsoft's website now:</p>
<p>Home users of Microsoft Windows can visit to have their systems scanned for critical Microsoft security vulnerabilities.</p>
<p>Sophos recommends that every IT manager responsible for security should consider subscribing to vulnerability mailing lists such as that operated by Microsoft at:</p>
<p>Sophos continues to recommend companies protect their desktops and servers with automatically updated anti-virus protection.</p>
<p>About Sophos.
Sophos is a world leading computer security specialist, developing anti-virus and anti-spam software. Headquartered in the UK, the company produces solutions tailored for businesses of all sizes – from small enterprises to global corporations. Sophos is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. The company's products are sold and supported in more than 150 countries and protect more than 35 million users.</p>
<p>Sophos's regional head office for Australia and New Zealand is in Sydney and hosts one of the company's four High Security Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
Sean Richmond ( is available for comment:
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 2 9409 9191 (fax)</p>
<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mob)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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