Microsoft releases 57 patches to fix security vulnerabilities

Friday 15 February 2013

Microsoft has taken steps to increase the security of businesses and consumers using a number of products.

Some 57 patches have been released to address potential vulnerabilities in solutions such as Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office.

The latest Patch Tuesday update included twelve 'security bulletins' which address 52 vulnerabilities and exposures.

Of the bulletins, five had a 'critical' rating and a further seven were classified as 'important'.

Microsoft issued 22 acknowledgements along with the bulletins, recognising the assistance of outsiders in fixing the vulnerabilities.

These are often reported confidentially to the firm, prior to collaboration on finding a solution.
According to IT analyst Gartner, an increasing number of businesses are purchasing security solutions in the cloud.

The firm believes increased adoption of cloud-based computing is expected to impact the way security is consumed.

"The popularity and increased adoption of cloud-based security services, albeit at different degrees, will influence the shape of future security marketplaces," said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner.

"Deployments of virtualisation, and its replacing of traditional physical hardware platforms, are expected to impact the deployment model of future network security capabilities."

Posted by Alex Boardman