New Delhi: This month’s Patch Tuesday saw Microsoft issuing the first set of security patches for its newly launched Windows 10 operating system.
The first set of security updates for the computer OS includes 14 bulletins in total, out of which 5 cover the new default Edge browser. 3 out of those 5 bulletins were marked critical, which means they needed to be patched as quickly as possible.
A report on PC World notes that the critical bulletins cover vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office.
The bulletin issued for Office particularly addresses a security loophole that allowed attackers gain control of the machine by tricking the user into opening a maliciously crafter Word document. Microsoft has also admitted that it has already been exploited by malicious attackers.
Another bulletin covers a bug that could allow attacker to use a USB drive to gain entry to a system and plant code that would activate when the drive is inserted into a computer.
Those running Windows 2008 or Windows Vista should benefit from a bulletin, MS15-083, which is meant for the network file sharing services with the SMB (Small Message Block).
Chief technology officer for Qualys, Wolfgang Kandek, notes that 40 per cent of the generic Windows patches this month apply to Windows 10. By comparison, Windows 8 generated 60 per cent of all the generic Windows patches then being issued in the first two months after that OS was released.