Microsoft patches major Windows security flaw

Microsoft has patched a major zero-day vulnerability in Windows, the second such exploit detected in just a few weeks.

The threat, the second such alert in just a month, was spotted by security experts at Kaspersky Lab and fixed as part of Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday release.

Kaspersky Lab says the exploit had already been utilised for a number of cyberattacks in the Middle East, and was detected by the company's Automatic Exploit Prevention technology.

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