Microsoft to Issue Seven Security Updates
Microsoft Corp. today announced that it plans to release seven software updates next week to plug multiple security holes in its Windows operating system and other software.
The company said two of the patch bundles will fix problems in Windows while three others will address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, the suite of productivity software that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
Another update will correct flaws in Microsoft Exchange, the company's e-mail server software. All of the patches will fix at least one weakness that Microsoft considers "critical," meaning the flaw can be fairly easily exploited by criminals with little or no help from the user.
Microsoft typically doesn't discuss the details of its patches until they are released on Patch Tuesday (the second Tuesday of each month). But the company has indicated that one of the updates will fix a vulnerability in Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 systems running the DNS Server Service, which crooks have been exploiting to break into systems for nearly a month now.
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