This week brings a Patch Tuesday of seven security fixes -- three critical -- plus an end to a breach that raised other security concerns.
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Next week's regular Patch Tuesday includes six security updates to squash 11 bugs in a variety of applications.
Four of the six security bulletins being released on Patch Tuesday are rated "critical" and will address both operating system and application vulnerabilities.
Mac OS X Lion users get a second security update aimed at Flashback, the Mac malware that has reportedly infected 600,000 computers since last year.
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One of the six updates patch bugs that Microsoft confirms could be exploited by attackers to compromise PCs and plant malware on victimized machines.
The second Patch Tuesday of 2012 will see nine security bulletins, four of which are deemed critical.