Seven Security Updates From Microsoft Next Week
Next Tuesday is shaping up to be another busy one for computer and network administrators responsible for keeping hordes of machines updated with the latest Windows security patches from Microsoft. Redmond said today it plans to issue at least seven updates next week.
Microsoft did not disclose how many individual security vulnerabilites those patches will address, but it noted that at least four will plug holes in Windows and three will fix problems in its Office software suite. Security researchers recently pointed out three flaws in Microsoft Excel and Office that could let attackers assume control over PCs if users open documents or spreadsheets programmed with malicious code (or clicked on hyperlinks embedded in them).
Software blueprints showing would-be attackers exactly how to exploit two of those flaws are now available online, and Microsoft said it has received reports of one of those vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.
This is pure speculation, but we may also see a patch bundle next week designed to shore up Windows 98 and Windows ME systems, as this is the last month that Microsoft will be shipping security updates for those systems. As always, Security Fix will have more details on the patches soon after they are released.
Update, 3:02 p.m. ET: It is getting hard to keep up with all these flaws in Excel being discovered on a daily basis. Looks like hackers have unearthed yet another "critical" flaw in the spreadsheet program that could be used to hijack vulnerable Windows machines. French secuirty outfit FrSIRT says this flaw may be related to a previously identified Excel security hole that Microsoft warned hackers were already exploiting.
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