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Microsoft To Fix Two Flaws Next Week

It is expected that one of Tuesday's two patches will be for a critical bug in the Internet Explorer browser, which has been open to attack since late November through a flaw that requires users to only surf to a malicious site.

Microsoft will release two security fixes for Windows next Tuesday, at least one of which will be tagged "critical" by the Redmond, Wash.-based developer.

The patch notification that Microsoft distributed on Thursday also said that two non-security, high-priority updates would roll out on Windows Update and Software Update Services, and three on Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services.

The company's Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool will also get its monthly refresh on Tuesday.

By Microsoft's definition, "critical" means that a vulnerability can be remotely exploited.

It is expected that one of Tuesday's two patches will be for a critical bug in the Internet Explorer browser, which has been open to attack since late November through a flaw that requires users to only surf to a malicious site.

In November, Microsoft released only one patch, which fixed three different vulnerabilities.

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