On the heels of a near-record month in February, Microsoft’s latest Patch Tuesday security update was comparatively mild. The company issued two patches to address flaws in Excel and Windows Movie Maker.
But Microsoft also warned of a security vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser, eSecurity Planet reports.
Microsoft released two patches for eight security holes in its March “Patch Tuesday” drop, but also issued an advisory about a recently discovered flaw in Internet Explorer.
The workload for Patch Tuesday — so-called because on the second Tuesday of the month, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) issues the majority of patches for the month — was light in March. That contrasts with February when the company had a near record month.
The bugs fixed by the two patches are rated “important,” the second highest ranking on Microsoft’s four-tier severity rating scale.
One patch fixes seven separate vulnerabilities, all of them affecting the Excel spreadsheet program, including not only Windows versions, but also Excel 2004 and 2008 for Mac.