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Microsoft Details August's "Patch Tuesday" Release

In its traditional Patch Tuesday for the month of August, Microsoft will reportedly release security patches for as many as five critical security vulnerabilities plaguing Windows and its other software suites.

The critical vulnerabilities, which could enable hackers to execute codes remotely or seize control over victim’s computer, affect a range of software applications including, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Microsoft Sever 2003 and 2008, Office 2000, XP, and 2003, Visual Studio .Net 2003, Windows Client for the Mac, to name a few, according to a security advisory released by Microsoft on Thursday.

Along with this, the bulletin will contain four additional fixes, dubbed “important”, for the vulnerabilities that could impinge damages to Windows and Windows .Net Framework, letting attacker to run code remotely or launch denial-of-service attacks, the company’s advisory added.

However, one researcher forecasted that most of the patches would handle the bugs rolled in when a programmer inadvertently added an extra “&” character to its code library.

Researcher Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security, said in a statement, “It won't be a go-take-a-nap month. The good thing is that we're not looking at a lot [of vulnerabilities] in the public domain, so that should give everyone some time, a week or two at least, to test the updates before they deploy them”.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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.