The second Tuesday of a month is Microsoft's patch day where the software company releases security patches and fixes for its products. The first patch day of the year 2011 brings two security bulletins that patch vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system. MS11-002 patches vulnerabilities in Microsoft Data Access Components that could allow remote code execution. The maximum severity rating of the vulnerability is critical, the highest possible rating.
A closer look at the security vulnerability reveals that is is rated critical for all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows client operating systems from Windows XP to Windows 7. The same vulnerability is rated as important for all server based operating systems.
The second vulnerability, MS11-001, has a maximum severity rating of important. It fixes a vulnerability in the Windows Backup Manager that could allow remote code execution. The vulnerability affects only the Windows Vista operating system.
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The images have been taken from the Technet announcement which offers further information about the vulnerabilities and patch deployment.
Windows users are advised to apply the patches as soon as possible to protect their system from possible exploits. The patches can be applied directly via Windows Update or directly from Microsoft Download.
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