Latest IE flaw left out of Patch Tuesday

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Next week's Patch Tuesday from Microsoft is set to fix over two dozen flaws, five of which the company has labelled "critical."

Overall, there will be 13 bulletins addressing 26 vulnerabilities. Most of these are for Windows but two are specifically for Office versions before 2007.

This list of patches is dominated by fixes for older versions of Microsoft software and Jerry Bryant, its senior security communications manager, is using it as a way to encourage users to upgrade.

"We encourage customers to upgrade to the latest versions of both Windows and Office," he said in a statement on the Microsoft Security Response Centre site.

"As this bulletin release shows, the latest versions are less impacted overall due to the improved security protections built in to these products."

Many may be disappointed, as even with this long list of fixes the latest flaw found in Internet Explorer would not be patched this month.

"We do not have an update for this issue planned for the normal February bulletin release," he said.

"However, this vulnerability only affects versions of Windows older than Vista in their default configuration, and there is a "fix it" available so customers in non-default configurations can protect themselves."

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