Microsoft is going to release patches (opens in new tab) on Tuesday 11th of December 2007 to close seven vulnerabilities.
Three of them have been rated as being critical and four as being important. Worryingly, five of them (including the three critical ones) have to do with Remote Code Execution; the act of running a rogue application through the internet.
Windows XP and Vista, DirectX, DirectShow, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Format are all affected by Tuesday's patch distribution.
To prevent zero-day attacks, Microsoft has not provided more information as to how the vulnerabilities might be exploited by hackers.
Microsoft will also release an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool to cope with the evolving dangers of online criminality.
Seven non-security related, high priority updates are also coming in the pipeline for Windows Operating System users.