Microsoft lines up bumper crop of patches

by admin June 10, 2006 at 3:18 am

The security dozen…

As part of a monthly patching cycle, Microsoft plans to release on Tuesday a dozen security bulletins with fixes for flaws. Nine of the bulletins address problems in Windows, two relate to Office and one to the Exchange email server software.

At least one of the Windows and one of the Office alerts is deemed “critical”, Microsoft’s highest risk rating, the company said in a notice posted on its website on Thursday.

Additionally, the June patches will permanently alter the way Internet Explorer handles web programs called ActiveX controls. Microsoft introduced the change, which may affect how certain websites are displayed in the browser, two months ago. It gave web developers a “compatibility patch” to give them time to adjust to the new process but the June security updates will end that respite, Microsoft said.

Microsoft did not specify how many flaws its security updates will tackle, or say which components of Windows, Office and Exchange are being repaired. It has said it plans to release a fix for a vulnerability in Word that has been exploited in at least one targeted cyber attack.

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