Microsoft is set to roll out two critical and five important security updates next week to eliminate potential threats that exist in everything from Windows to Office.
A total of 12 security flaws will be fixed as part of its monthly security update cycle, the company said on Friday in a blog post on the Microsoft Security Response Centre page.
"With 2013 starting on a Tuesday, our monthly bulletin release is upon us a bit earlier than usual," said Dustin Childs, group manager of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, in the blog post.
"Next Tuesday we'll release seven bulletins; two critical and five important, which address 12 vulnerabilities. The critical-rated bulletins address issues in Microsoft Windows, Office, Developer Tools and Microsoft Server Software. The important-rated bulletins address issues in Microsoft Windows, .NET Framework and Microsoft Server Software."
The patches will be released on 8 January at 6pm GMT along with advisory notices for IT managers on the recommended deployment strategy.
Last month Microsoft introduced seven updates, which included