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February’s Patch Tuesday treats customers to 72 patches

After a light start to the year, February delivered 72 patches and 21 advisories to customers. The CVEs addressed in this month's Patch Tuesday release included 43 for . Twelve other product groups or tools are also affected. Of the CVEs addressed, five are considered Critical in severity by ; these affect , Office, Exchange, and Dynamics 365. At patch time, two of the issues are known to be under exploit in the wild, and none has been publicly disclosed. (However, one of the advisory items most certainly has; more on that in a minute.) Eight of the addressed vulnerabilities in , Office, and Exchange (including a Critical-severity elevation-of-privilege issue with an attention-getting 9.8 CVSS base score) are by the company's estimation more likely to be exploited in the next 30 days. Seven of the issues addressed are covered by Sophos protections, and we include information on those in a table below. In addition to these patches the release included information on six Chromium/Edge-related CVEs, including an RCE that could lead to sandbox escapes; one MITRE-issued concerning a DNS issue that could lead to denial of service; one -issued addressing the recent -2024-21626 “Leaky Vessel” issue affecting Mariner, disclosed in a lengthy public post by Snyk two weeks ago and patched by various other affected companies since then; and 13 Adobe advisories, all related to Acrobat Reader. We don't include advisories in the counts and graphics below, but we provide information on everything in an appendix at the end of the article. We are as usual including at the end of this post three other appendices listing all Microsoft's patches, sorted by severity, by predicted exploitability, and by product family. Total Microsoft CVEs: 72 Total Adobe advisories covered in update: 13 Total Edge / Chromium issues… 

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