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Microsoft to issue five updates for several products

by | Sep 12, 2011

Later this week, Microsoft will issue five security updates to fix 15 vulnerabilities found in its Windows operating system, Groove, Excel and collaboration software SharePoint Server, Computerworld reported.

Microsoft has deemed all updates”important,” which is its second-highest rated threat.

“Microsoft usually ranks updates as important, not critical, when they patch remote code bugs that demand the user ‘help’ the attacker by being tricked into visiting a malicious website,” said the news provider’s Gregg Keizer.

Of the five planned updates, two affect Windows, including Server 2003, Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2. The fifth update will fix vulnerabilities found in Microsoft SharePoint, as well as the company’s Groove and Office Web Apps, the report stated.

SharePoint remains a popular collaboration tool used by organizations worldwide. According to a recent study of more than 1,400 chief information officers by the staffing firm Robert Half Technology, 54 percent said the popularity of real-time workplace communication tools, including SharePoint, will surpass traditional email within the next five years.