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Microsoft Readies Patch Tuesday Update

Microsoft has released details about the upcoming Patch Tuesday, set to patch 11 security vulnerabilities in Office and Forefront Unified Gateway.

According to tech news site eWeek, the patch is much smaller than the one released last month, which included 16 updates capable of patching 49 vulnerabilities. In this patch, there will be just 3 updates, with only one rated critical and the other two as important.

Two of the updates patch holes in Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010, of which one is rated critical, but as important on Office XP and 2003.

The second update is specific to flaws in PowerPoint 2002, 2003 and PowerPoint viewer. The third update will patch a vulnerability in Forefront Unified Gateway, and is rated important.

None of the security bulletins in next week's Patch Tuesday covers holes in Windows OS, but will include an important patch for the newly released Office 2011 for Mac.

The company is yet to announce when a patch will be released for the zero-day flaw found in its Internet Explorer 6,7 and 8 browsers.