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Microsoft Corp. Patches Holes

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Microsoft Corp. issued two security fixes in its regular monthly update that took place yesterday.
One that removes a dangerous bug in all versions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

The fix will stop hackers from exploiting the vulnerability of Internet Explorer 7, and possibly other programs, and take over a user’s computer for a variety of nefarious purposes, such as stealing passwords or pumping out spam.

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And the second patch is for computers running versions of Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003. Hackers could exploit the flaw in Microsoft’s program to redirect Internet traffic from legitimate sites to fake ones.

Windows users can visit Microsoft’s security Web site to get the updates or configure their computers to automatically update each month.

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