Neowin reminds us that Microsoft published a total of ten security updates this week. Eight bulletins were part of the company' s Patch Tuesday update cycle, including three updates for critical issues in Internet Explorer , Windows XP/Server 2003 and Exchange Server. The software giant also issued two optional security downloads, one restricts the use of MD5-based certificates to heighten security, while another one delivers additional defense-in-depth measures for Remote Desktop Protocol Network Level Authentication.
Microsoft also revealed the full details of the eight previously announced security bulletins, which included a "critical" one, MS13-059, that fixed 11 privately disclosed issues that affect all versions of Internet Explorer. Another critical bulletin, MS13-060, was released specifically for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 that plugs a hole that, if left unchecked, would have allowed for a "remote code execution if a customer views a specially-crafted document or web page." Of course, Microsoft will shut down all security updates for Windows XP less than eight months from now.
Finally, two previously released bulletins from Microsoft, MS13-052 and MS13-057, are available to download again, because of some application compatibly issues that were found after the first versions were released.