If you, like many other Windows users this morning, found your machine had rebooted itself and applied the latest set of Microsoft's patches, fear not. The updates were important, of course, and included a fix for at least one flaw that was flagged as critical. That particular flaw was one that came to public light over a month ago, but at first was largely ignored, prompting multiple 3rd-party patches from various vendors.
While this week's patch Tuesday came and went without much fanfare, likely to only two updates being included, the more severe of the two flaws patched affected URIs that could result in system compromise, provided a user open a particularly nasty link in a browser. The flaw, and others like it, have been a topic of debate recently as Microsoft has been wishy-washy about whether or not it weas even their problem.