Although Microsoft released a string of patches to fix security flaws in Windows and Microsoft Office earlier this week, security experts are warning of several "in-the-wild" exploits that are targeting unpatched systems.
In recent months, hackers have increased the speed at which they can create malicious software that targets security flaws for which patches have just been issued.
Whenever a patch is issued, it typically comes with an extensive advisory that details the vulnerability and the effect the patch might have on other software. This allows hackers to target systems whose users have not yet installed the latest updates.
Microsoft's set of patches, released on Tuesday, included 12 individual fixes to address 21 security vulnerabilities, many of them rated critical. They addressed issues in Windows, Internet Explorer, Word, PowerPoint, and Exchange Server.
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