Microsoft Plans 12 Security Updates Next Week
Microsoft said today it will issue at least 12 software updates Tuesday to fix security flaws in its Windows operating system and other software. Some of the patches are expected to carry the company's most serious rating of "critical," which it assigns to flaws that could be exploited without any real action on the part of the victim other than, say, visiting a Web site or opening a specially crafted e-mail.
Microsoft will issue nine updates for Windows, and two for its Office products. Among the Office fixes to be released next week is a "critical" one Microsoft promised last month to mend a serious hole in its Word products that online criminals have been using in some targeted attacks to seize control over a machine when the user clicks on a virus-laden document.
Redmond also plans to patch a vulnerability in Exchange, which is used by many businesses to manage incoming and outgoing e-mail.
It is not unusual for Microsoft to fix multiple flaws in a single patch, so we may not know the total number of vulnerabilities until the updates are released. As always, Security Fix will bring you the skinny shortly after they are made available.
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