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Microsoft to release four critical security updates

A total of seven security updates will be released by Microsoft Tuesday -- four of them critical -- for flaws affecting Windows, Outlook, Internet Explorer and more.

Microsoft released its advance bulletin for October's security update Thursday, promising seven updates for a variety...

of its products.

Microsoft said it expects to release four critical bulletins for Windows, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Word on Tuesday. Three "important" bulletins will affect Windows, SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

Meanwhile, the software giant plans to release three non-security, high-priority updates on Microsoft Update (MU) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS); and one non-security, high-priority update for Windows on Windows Update (WU).

As it does each month, Microsoft will also update its Malicious Software Removal Tool and will hold a Webcast where customers can ask patch-related questions Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT.

Last month, Microsoft patched flaws in Windows 2000, MSN Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Visual Studio, and Windows Services for Unix 3.0.

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