Microsoft's monthly pilgrimage to the security patch altar will resume next Tuesday with fixes for gaping security holes in software products used by tens of millions of computer users.
In all, the Redmond, Wash. software maker will ship 8 security bulletins to address at least 23 documented vulnerabilities affecting the Internet Explorer browser, the Microsoft Windows operating system, .NET Framework and Silverlight, Microsoft Forefront UAG, and Microsoft Host Integration Server.
Two of the eight bulletins --affecting IE, Windows and .Net Framework and Silverlight -- will be rated "critical," Microsoft's highest severity rating. Microsoft typically slaps a "critical" rating on vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely to launch code execution attacks without any user action.
The other six bulletins will be rated "important," according to an advance notice from Microsoft.
Some of these patches will require a restart after the affected machine is updated.