Microsoft preps critical security updates

Microsoft has confirmed that it is preparing a number of critical patches for both Windows and Office. The 6 updates – three of which are critical – address 15 vulnerabilities and will require an OS restart.

?”The target release day is next Tuesday Nov. 10 at 10:00 a.m. PST (UTC -8). At that time we will post more detailed information about the bulletins on our Security Research & Defense (SRD) blog,” Microsoft spokesperson Jerry Bryant explained in an official statement. “We will also include our risk and impact guidance, our deployment priority guidance, and an overview video discussing these materials.”

It should be noted that the OS-related vulnerabilities do not appear to threaten Windows 7. As of press time, affected versions of the OS and Office are known to include:?


  • Win 2000 Service Pack 4
  • XP
  • Vista
  • Server 2003 and 2008


  • ??XP
  • 2003
  • 2007 MS Office System
  • 2004 for the Mac
  • 2008 for the Mac
  • Open XML File Format Converter for the Mac
  • Excel Viewer
  • Word Viewer