Microsoft to issue one critical patch Tuesday

Microsoft will release one critical-rated security bulletin for Office next Tuesday.

In its monthly patch release next Tuesday, Microsoft will issue one critical security bulletin concerning the Office suite and one bulletin on Windows that is rated important, the company said Thursday.

Also Tuesday, Microsoft will release an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, according to an advisory.

The Redmond, Washington, software vendor consolidates updates for its products into one monthly release that takes place on the second Tuesday of each month, a date that has come to be known as "patch Tuesday." In its Thursday advisory, the company didn't discuss what vulnerabilities the next round of security bulletins will address.

The security bulletin for Office will involve updates that may require restarting systems, according to Microsoft. They will be detectable with the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and the Enterprise Scanning Tool. The updates coming with the bulletin on Windows will not require a restart, according to the advisory. They will be detectable with the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.

Microsoft will distribute its updated version of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool via Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services and the Download Center.

There will also be one non-security High-Priority Update on Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services. There won't be any non-security High-Priority Updates for Windows coming over Windows Update or Software Update Services.

Information on the patch Tuesday bulletins is subject to change until the release date, Microsoft said. More information on the updates can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/advance.mspx.

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Stephen Lawson

IDG News Service

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