Next Patch Tuesday: Twelve security updates from Microsoft
Next Tuesday, 12 August, Microsoft plans to issue twelve security bulletins, of which seven alone are to deal with critical errors in its products. According to the advance notification, these include Internet Explorer 5, 6 and 7, Media Player 11, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Office, and Windows. All of the holes can presumably enable code to be remotely injected and executed, using crafted web sites or manipulated files.
Microsoft also aims to publish five bulletins on products whose updates are only classified as important. Outlook Express, Messenger, several updates for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008 figure on the list. Microsoft will also probably be closing the long known open holes in Access and in Word 2002. Both of these holes are already being exploited for targeted attacks as part of the international war to control information.