Get ready for eight patches, says Microsoft

by admin October 7, 2005 at 2:46 am

Flaw it…

As part of its monthly patching cycle, Microsoft on Tuesday plans to release eight security alerts for flaws in the Windows operating system.

At least one of the alerts is deemed “critical”, Microsoft’s highest risk rating, the company said in a notice posted on its website on Thursday. Last month, Microsoft planned one critical alert for Windows but pulled it at the last minute because of quality issues.

Microsoft rates as critical any security threat that could allow a malicious internet worm to spread without any action required on the part of the user.

Additionally, Microsoft plans to release a security bulletin covering a problem related to Windows and its Exchange email server, the company said. This issue is rated “important”, one notch below “critical” on Microsoft’s rating scale.

Microsoft’s notice did not specify whether any of the patches will be for Internet Explorer, the web browser component of Windows. Several security researchers have come forward with flaws in IE over the past few weeks. Some of these vulnerabilities could let an attacker commandeer a user’s PC.

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