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It'll be all hands to the pumps in IT departments around the globe as Microsoft has issued this month's round of patches. There are 23 flaws to be fixed.

The seven patches include three critical issues, affecting Microsoft Windows, Office, Silverlight, and the .NET Framework. One patch, MS12-034, sorts ten flaws, some of which are publicly disclosed.

“Duqu was only designed to exploit specific instances of CVE-2011-3402 that were addressed last year. We have not received any information to indicate that the attack vectors addressed in bulletin MS12-034 have been publicly used to attack customers,” said Yunsun Wee, director of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft.

Microsoft's second highest priority if a critical flaw in Word that allows remote code execution from malware accessed via email and websites. One exploit is in the wild but doesn't give admin access, and Office 2010 users don't need to fix this. ®

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