Microsoft Patch Day preview: 7 bulletins, 3 critical

Microsoft issued seven security bulletins on Thursday with three deemed critical. The other four were rated "important.

Microsoft issued seven security bulletins on Thursday with three deemed critical. The other four were rated "important."

According to an advance notice issued by Microsoft on Thursday the patches for these bulletins will land Dec. 11 at roughly 1 p.m. EST.

Here are the details based on the bulletins:

The three critical bulletins all cover remote code execution flaws. The software affected includes Windows, Direct X, Direct Show, IE and Windows Media Format Runtime.

Of the four remaining important bulletins--all for Windows--two address a remote code execution flaw.  The other two cover elevation of privilege issues and local elevation of privilege.

According to the Microsoft Security Response Center blog the updates will require a restart.

The platforms affected are Windows 2000, Windows XP, Server 2003 and Vista.

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