Microsoft has now issued its newest batch of software security updates during its "Patch Tuesday" event. The eight bulletins included one that fixes a Windows vulnerability that was first revealed publicly by Google a couple of weeks ago.
Microsoft was highly critical of Google's actions in revealing the software hole before the company issued a patch, stating this week, "Releasing information absent context or a stated path to further protections, unduly pressures an already complicated technical environment."
The particular software bulletin, MS15-001, is now available via automatic download and affects Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. That software patch was labeled as "Important" by Microsoft, along with six others. The remaining bulletin, MS15-002, was labeled as "Critical". Unpatched, the vulnerability "could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted packets to an affected Windows server."