Microsoft's July Patch Tuesday will close 16 holes
Microsoft has announced that next Tuesday, on the July Patch day, it will issue nine security updates closing 16 holes in Windows (XP SP3 and later), Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Basic for Applications and SharePoint Server. Three updates address critical holes in Windows, one of which also affects Internet Explorer. But whether the fix closes the hole in the Microsoft XML Core Services, which is already being actively exploited in attacks, is still unclear.
It is likely though that Microsoft will solve that problem; Microsoft had addressed this gap on the previous Patch Tuesday, only to drop it and then publish a FixIt tool that has to be manually applied. Mac users should also be aware that, on this Patch Tuesday, one of the updates affects Office 2011 for Mac.