Microsoft's upcoming Patch Tuesday will see the firm finally releasing security updates for the well-known hole in Windows that the infamous Stuxnet malware targeted, as well as an IE flaw already being exploited in the wild.
It will be a fairly hefty Tuesday for security administrators with 40 patches issued and all but one of the 17 updates are rated 'important' or 'critical'.
The Stuxnet hole was one of four vulnerabilities exploited by hackers, probably to disrupt the industrial machinery at a uranium enrichment facility.
"This is a local Elevation of Privilege vulnerability and we've seen no evidence of its use in active exploits aside from the Stuxnet malware," said Microsoft Security Response Centre director Mike Reavey, in a blog post.
The vulnerability in Internet Explorer, meanwhile, has been known about for over a month and could allow remote code execution, according to a Microsoft advisory.
Unsurprisingly, Reavey tried to play down the seriousness of the flaw.
"Over the past month, Microsoft and our MAPP partners actively monitored the threat landscape surrounding this vulnerability and the total number of exploit attempts we monitored remained pretty low," he argued.
"Furthermore, customers running Internet Explorer 8 remained protected by default due to the extra protection provided by Data Execution Prevention (DEP)."
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