(AP) Microsoft Corp. has released two security fixes that carry its most severe threat rating, including one that applies even to computers that have downloaded the company's massive security update for the Windows XP operating system.
Both flaws affect versions of the company's dominant operating system going back to Windows 98, and both could allow an attacker to take control of another person's computer.
One of the flaws also leaves vulnerable users who have downloaded Service Pack 2, a major security upgrade for Windows XP that was released last summer. The security fix came after a series of crippling attacks on Microsoft's technology, which have wreaked havoc on both businesses and computer users.
Links to the patches are available in the news article.