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Patch Tuesday heads up: Critical Windows, Office fixes coming

Microsoft is planning a small Patch Tuesday this month -- just two bulletins affecting Windows and Office users.According to the company's advance notice mechanism, one of the two bulletins will be rated "critical" and will address flaws that could lead to remote code execution attacks.
Written by Ryan Naraine, Contributor on
Critical Windows, Office fixes coming
Microsoft is planning a small Patch Tuesday this month -- just two bulletins affecting Windows and Office users.

According to the company's advance notice mechanism, one of the two bulletins will be rated "critical" and will address flaws that could lead to remote code execution attacks.   The second update, rated "important," applies to all versions of Windows, including Vista.

The Microsoft Office bulletin will provide fixes for vulnerabilities in the following software:

  • Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3
  • 2007 Microsoft Office System and 2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Word Viewer 2003 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats and Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Expression Web and Microsoft Expression Web 2
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Office Groove Server 2007

The patches are scheduled for release on November 11, 2008.

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