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CNET News.com: Microsoft fixes quintet of security holes

May 19, 2000, 00:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

"Microsoft has patched several security holes in its Internet Explorer and Office software, closing five potential avenues for online attacks against its customers. The flurry of specific bug patches comes as Microsoft moves to implement broader security measures. The company came under heavy criticism for its security policies following the widespread damage caused by the "I Love You" virus, which exploited standard features of Microsoft's Outlook email application."

"Microsoft this week yielded to that criticism, pledging to implement safeguards in Outlook. Four of the patched holes are in Microsoft's IE browser. All of them made computers vulnerable to invasions by malicious Web site operators, or senders of HTML email."

"Despite Microsoft's pile of Web security bug patches, more remain to be fixed. The company this week acknowledged a problem with its version of IE for the Macintosh. The bug concerns the browser's handling of the Java programming language and, like the bugs patched this week, opens a computer to malicious HTML code."

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