Microsoft's Final Patch Tuesday for 2014
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In total, Microsoft is fixing 24 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) this month, across seven security advisories.
Of those seven security advisories, Microsoft rated only three as critical. One of the critical advisories is MS14-080, which patches 14 CVEs in Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser. The December CVE count in IE is actually a decline from the 17 CVEs patched in November's Patch Tuesday update.
The decline in the number of IE vulnerabilities patched by Microsoft, is seen by Qualys CTO Wolfgang Kandek as a good indication that positive movement is possible when it comes to securing IE.