Microsoft details next week's Patch Tuesday

By on July 9, 2010, 12:55 PM
Microsoft has published its Security Bulletin Advance Notification for July 2010 -- and it looks like it will be a relatively light month after June's massive update. This upcoming Patch Tuesday will include four security bulletins to address a total of five vulnerabilities. Of the four bulletins, three are rated as Critical while the remaining one is labeled Important.

Among the critical vulnerabilities being fixed is a zero-day flaw in Windows Help and Support Center that was disclosed last month by a Google researcher and has been the target of attacks on Windows XP and Server 2003 in recent weeks. A second critical update covers another zero-day flaw, this time in the AERO display driver component of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The vulnerability was disclosed publicly as early as May.

The remaining two bulletins, one ranked critical and the other important, address issues in all currently supported versions of Microsoft Office except for the newly released 2010 edition. All of the vulnerabilities being addressed pose the risk of allowing remote execution of malicious code on users' machines. More details will come with the release of the patches next week, but in the meantime, Microsoft's advance notification can be found here.

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