Microsoft has released a light June Patch Tuesday update containing just two 'critical' and eight 'important' bug fixes.
The critical fixes relate to Windows and Internet Explorer. The Windows bugs stem from flaws in the operating system's media player that could be used by hackers to remotely execute code.
"The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if Windows Media Player opens specially crafted media content that is hosted on a malicious website," explained the threat advisory.
"An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system remotely. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights."
The Internet Explorer update fixes a laundry list of flaws in the browser that could be exploited for a variety of purposes.
"This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer," read the advisory.
"An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user."
The remaining important fixes plug flaws in Windows, Exchange Server and Office. The bugs could be targeted by hackers for a multitude of attacks including elevation of privilege and remote code execution.
The update is a minor release compared with past Patch Tuesdays. Jon Rudolph, principal software engineer at Core Security, said the update is indicative of Microsoft's move towards the soon to be released Windows 10.
"Overall this month did not have as many security updates, but one interesting change was an update which removes the Windows 10 update reminders after critics last month compared them to adware," he said.
"Based on the other diagnostic and groundwork updates, the nudging and prodding toward Windows 10 is unmistakable."
Windows 10 is set for release on 29 July and is designed to converge the firm's mobile and desktop software.
To find out more about Microsoft's next OS check out V3's Windows 10 technical preview hands-on.
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