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Microsoft Sends Advanced Security "Patch Tuesday" Alert

Microsoft is all set to release a bunch of security patches next week and has already issued four security bulletins informing the users of the same.

The patches are expected to fix bugs in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE) along with Active Directory and Host and Integration Server and many of these patches have been tagged as critical.

In addition some of the updates are designed to address vulnerabilities that can be used by hackers to execute remote code.

Information released by Microsoft shows that patches for IE has been marked critical for IE 5 and IE6 while they are tagged as important for IE7.

Other updates include fixes for bug in previous versions of Windows including one bulletin labelled solely for Office XP service pack 3.

With Microsoft planning to bring in as many as eleven updates, it is also likely to provide an "exploitability index" which will effectively help system administrators to suitably prioritize the patches.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.