Microsoft Surface RT getting firmware update today

Microsoft's Windows RT version of its Surface tablet is, as expected, getting a new firmware update as part of Microsoft's regular monthly Patch Tuesday event today. The Microsoft Community support forums have information of what will be included in the update.

The forum post gives specifics on at least two improvements made via the firmware update. One will improve audio playback on the Surface while it is in Connected Standby mode. The other announced improvement is supposed to offer "additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations."

Microsoft has also released the full details of the previously announced seven downloadable security updates for many of the company's software products, including Windows 8 and Windows RT. Five are labeled as "Important" while two of them Microsoft considers to be "Critical" updates. One of those latter updates covers all of Microsoft's Windows operating systems.

The security note states that the update, MS13-002,  " ... resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer." The other critical update, MS13-001, is just for PCs with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It also fixes another privately reported exploit. Microsoft says, "The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a print server received a specially crafted print job."

Source: Microsoft Community

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