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Vista Security faces two "Critical" Threats, Patch Tuesday!
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 08 June 2007 09:39

    Microsoft slates six patches for next week
New advance alert format reveals Vista faces three fixes, two 'critical'
Gregg Keizer, ComputerWorld

   June 07, 2007 (Computerworld) -- Microsoft Corp. will issue six security updates next week for Windows, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Visio, the company announced today using its new expanded format for advanced warnings.

Four of the six bulletins scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, will be ranked "critical" -- Microsoft's highest threat rating -- while one each will be labeled "important" and "moderate." Half of the batch affect Windows Vista, or one of its components, such as Internet Explorer 7 or the Windows Mail e-mail client; of the three Vista patches, two are denoted critical.



The advanced notification pinned Windows with three updates, Internet Explorer with one, Outlook Express and Windows Mail with one, and Visio 2002 and Visio 2003 with one.

This was the first early warning in the new, more detailed format that Microsoft promised last month when it said customers asked for additional information to plan their patching schedules. Each of the six expected updates was recapped with a short description, severity rating, description of potential impact, whether the Baseline Security Analyzer will detect patch need, and the affected software.

A separate table broke down the last by Windows version or component, with individual entries, for instance, representing Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, Windows Vista 64-bit, IE 6 for XP SP2, and IE 7 for Vista. If nothing else, this table gave users a much clearer picture of what is vulnerable, and how severe the bug may be for each edition of Windows. For example, the table showed that Vista will receive fixes for critical bugs in Vista's Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Mail.
 
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