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Coming on Patch Tuesday: 8 bulletins, 6 critical

The final Microsoft Patch Tuesday for 2008 will be a big one: 8 bulletins covering serious code execution flaws in a wide range of ubiquitous software.According to the company's advance notice mechanism,  six of the eight bulletins will be rated "critical," Microsoft's highest severity rating.
Written by Ryan Naraine, Contributor on

Microsoft patch tuesday bandaids securityThe final Microsoft Patch Tuesday for 2008 will be a big one: 8 bulletins covering serious code execution flaws in a wide range of ubiquitous software.

According to the company's advance notice mechanism,  six of the eight bulletins will be rated "critical," Microsoft's highest severity rating. The "critical" updates will cover holes in the Windows operating system, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Visual Basic and Visual Studio, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

[ SEE: Where on earth are these Microsoft patches? ]

The critical Windows patches applies to all supported versions of Redmond's flagship operating system, including the newer Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

It is expected that one of the Windows updates will cover the "token kidnapping" flaw disclosed by Cesar Cerrudo earlier this year.  Exploit code for this bug is publicly available.

So far this year, Microsoft has shipped 69 bulletins with fixes for hundreds of software flaws.

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