Microsoft has wrapped up 2010 with a real bang as far as the volume of security vulnerabilities goes.

The company released no less than 17 security bulletins in December 2010, patching no less than 40 vulnerabilities.

However, just a couple of the patch packages are rated Critical, which means that the security holes they’re designed to plug can allow attackers to execute code remotely on a vulnerable computer and gain control over the machine.

The updates resolve security flaws in a range of products, including Office, Windows, Internet Explorer, SharePoint Server and Exchange.

Jerry Bryant, group manager, response communications, Microsoft was kind enough to provide a complete list with all the security bulletins issued by the software giant this month, which customers will be able to find below. More »

Microsoft has released three security bulletins, covering 11 vulnerabilities, with one rated as Critical and the other two, as Important.

The first one is the MS10-087, which resolves five issues – one public and four private, affecting all currently supported Microsoft Office products.

This security update is rated Critical for Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010, due to a preview pane vector in Outlook that could trigger the vulnerability when a customer views a specially crafted malicious RTF (Rich Text Format) file.

It is also rated Important for all supported editions of Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, and Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, as well as Open XML File Format Converter for Mac. More »