Microsoft readies Vista, Windows Server 2008 critical patches

Summary:Microsoft on Thursday issued five critical security bulletins and three important ones for all flavors of Windows, Internet Explorer and Office. Vista and Windows Server 2008 are affected by four of the five critical bulletins.

Microsoft on Thursday issued five critical security bulletins and three important ones for all flavors of Windows, Internet Explorer and Office. Vista and Windows Server 2008 are affected by four of the five critical bulletins.

In its patch day advance notification for its Tuesday update, Microsoft issued five critical bulletins to address remote code execution vulnerabilities. Microsoft said it will patch critical flaws in Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 (SPs 1 and 2), IE 6 and 7 and Office XP SP3, 2003 and 2007 Microsoft Office System among others.

Details of these vulnerabilities will be disclosed on Tuesday.

Among the three important vulnerabilities, the affected software includes Windows Server 2003 and 2008, Vista and Vista SP1 and Visio 2002, 2003 and 2007.

Microsoft has issued 25 security bulletins so far this year.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Security, Servers, Windows

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