Microsoft plans security fixes for Windows, IE, Office Staff

IT shops should expect five critical and three important security bulletins from Microsoft Tuesday for flaws in all supported versions of Windows -- including Vista and Windows Server 2008 -- as well as Internet Explorer (IE) and Office.

Microsoft said in its advance patch notice

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that the critical flaws affect Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 IE 6 and 7; Office XP SP3, 2003; and 2007 Microsoft Office System.

The important bulletins will address flaws in Windows Server 2003 and 2008, Vista and Vista SP1 and Visio 2002, 2003 and 2007, Microsoft said.

As it does every month, the software giant will also release an updated version of its Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and the Download Center, and host a Webcast the following day so customers can ask questions about the latest fixes.

Last month Microsoft released four critical security updates to fix 12 vulnerabilities in various components of its widely used Office program, including Excel and Outlook. The company has released 25 security updates so far this year.

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