Microsoft will publish tomorrow its usual patch package for security flaws identified in the meantime, the company warned on its security website. Altogether, 12 correction codes are provided for different versions of the Windows operating system, Office and Exchange.
Among the 12 security flaws fixed, at least two are considered critical, related to Windows and Office. In total, the vast majority of patches (nine) fix Windows problems, while two go to Office and only one to the Exchange e-mail server.
The fixes released tomorrow will also permanently change the way Internet Explorer handles ActiveX controls, a process that started two months ago that could change the way some sites are displayed to users. Microsoft anticipated this problem, guaranteeing these two months of transition for those responsible for the sites, but now moves forward with the change, advising a careful review of the previous information.
The number of fixed errors has not yet been specifically disclosed, nor which components of the applications will be repaired, information that will only be known tomorrow.
To explain to system administrators the impact of this new fix pack, a webcast next Wednesday that requires prior registration.
This month’s package will also include an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, the virus or spyware removal tool, available through Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services and the Download Center.
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