Microsoft to patch critical Windows, Excel flaws Staff

Microsoft said it plans to release patches next week to plug six critical vulnerabilities in Windows, Visual Basic, Internet Explorer, Excel and Word.

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The preliminary information was issued by the software giant Thursday as part of its security bulletin advance notification on its TechNet site. Details will be released Dec. 9 when the bulletins are made public. Microsoft is also hosting a webcast to discuss the bulletins on Dec. 10.

Microsoft will also issue patches rated important for Sharepoint server and Windows Media Player.

The flaws affect Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows XP Service Pack 2 and 3, Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and 2 and Windows Server 2008.

In November, Microsoft repaired three flaws in XML Core Services and a remote code execution vulnerability in the Server Message Block. Microsoft is also continuing to track infections as a result of malware attempting to exploit a remote procedure call (RPC) flaw that was patched in its MS08-067 emergency bulletin.

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