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Microsoft Issues 'Critical' Patches for Windows, Exchange

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Tuesday warned of a "critical" security flaw in its Windows operating system and another in its business Exchange software that could allow attackers to take control of a computer.

Microsoft, whose Windows operating system runs on 90 percent of the world's computers, issued patches to fix the problems as part of its monthly security bulletin.

The world's biggest software maker defines a flaw as "critical" when the vulnerability could allow a damaging Internet worm to replicate without the user doing anything to the machine.

Microsoft's Exchange software allows users to send and receive e-mail along with other forms of communication through computer networks.

The company has been working for more than three years to improve the security and reliability of its software as more and more malicious software targets weaknesses in Windows and other Microsoft software.

The latest patches can be downloaded at www.microsoft.com/security.