Microsoft preps two-for-one security special

by admin December 9, 2005 at 10:54 am

Half a dozen patches on the way?

As part of its monthly patching cycle, Microsoft plans to release on Tuesday two security bulletins with fixes for flaws in Windows.

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. 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.

Last month, Microsoft released one security bulletin covering three flaws in the way Windows handles certain graphics files. That bulletin was also tagged critical.

Microsoft’s notice did not specify which components of Windows are being repaired with Tuesday’s patches or how many flaws the update will tackle. Security researchers have noted several unpatched flaws outstanding in Microsoft products. For example, eEye Digital Security lists six vulnerabilities on its website for which it considers fixes overdue.

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