Microsoft to Issue Five Security Fixes
Microsoft today said it plans to issue at least five free software updates next week to fix security flaws in its Windows operating system and other software products.
At least one of the updates will carry a "critical" rating, which Microsoft assigns to flaws that could be used by attackers or automated computer worms to take over vulnerable computers without any action on the part of the user.
Microsoft is expected to issue several updates for its Internet Explorer Web browser, including one to fix a flaw that criminals have been using to plant spyware on computers when users merely visit one of hundreds of malicious Web sites.
As usual, Security Fix will have more details when Microsoft releases the patches on Tuesday.
In case anyone was wondering why Security Fix has been so sparse on updates lately, I had emergency surgery last Friday to remove a nearly ruptured appendix (hence the postponed Security Fix Live Web chat). Since Tuesday, I have been camped out in gorgeous Vancouver, British Columbia, at CanSecWest '06, a hacker conference featuring presentations by some of the most skilled and knowledgeable security researchers in the industry. Security Fix will have a roundup of some of the more provocative conference talks sometime on Friday.
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