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By Gregg Keizer
January 11, 2011
Microsoft today patched three vulnerabilities in Windows, one that could
be exploited by attackers who dupe users into visiting a malicious Web
The company also debuted a new defensive measure to help users ward off
ongoing attacks that are exploiting a known bug in Internet Explorer
The light load -- just two security updates, or "bulletins" as Microsoft
calls them -- was announced last week, making for an easier beginning to
the new year than the end of 2010, when in December the company shipped
a record 17 updates that patched a near-record 40 bugs.
One of today's updates was classified as "critical" by Microsoft, the
firm's top threat ranking, while the other was marked as "important,"
the second-most dangerous rating.
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