Patch Tuesday to Include Six Critical Fixes

Microsoft has a big batch of fixes in store for next week’s
Patch Tuesday, more so than last month’s haul. In an alert sent out
to customers and systems administrators, the company reported it
would issue nine security bulletins, a bump over the six issued

Of the nine fixes, six are labeled as “critical,” the most
important rating on Microsoft’s urgency
scale. It’s used to describe the most severe vulnerabilities, such
as those that would let someone take over a machine. The remaining
three are labeled as “important,” which means the problems they fix
are significant.

Of the six critical bulletins, five are in Windows, two in
Internet Explorer, one each in XML Core Services and Office, and
one in Office for the Macintosh. A security bulletin does not
necessarily mean one fix. This month, four of the six critical
bulletins affect multiple products.

The three important-rated bulletins affect Windows, Vista and
Virtual PC/Virtual Server. The two Windows bulletins address remote
code execution problems while the Virtual PC/Virtual Server fix
covers an elevation of privilege.

Microsoft did not say if the two Vista updates released
this past week, designed to address performance and application
compatibility, will be a part of the patch.

As is tradition, Microsoft will host a
the following day, Wednesday August 15, at 11 a.m.

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