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Three Critical Bulletins Due From Microsoft

Microsoft is preparing three critical bulletins and three of less severity for its monthly patch releases due out next Tuesday, July 10.

Each bulletin can have one or more fixes, so the exact number of fixes is unknown, as Microsoft  does not tip its hand as to the state or nature of the fixes in advance.

The three critical fixes are in Excel, Windows and the .NET Framework. A critical fix is the most severe and frequently involve buffer overflow errors that allow for remote code execution on a compromised system.

That's exactly the situation with these three critical fixes. All allow for remote code execution. Microsoft said patching the Windows and .NET vulnerabilities will require a system restart but the Excel patch will not.

Microsoft has also identified two remote code execution errors it has labeled as Important fixes. While not as severe as Critical, it still means data might be compromised or stolen. The vulnerabilities are in Office and Windows XP. The Windows patch will require a restart.

Finally, a Moderate vulnerability has been identified in Windows Vista, which will require a system restart.

As is monthly tradition, Microsoft will update its Malicious Software Removal Tool, and will hold a Webcast on Wednesday, July 11 to discuss the fixes. The Webcast will be at 11 a.m. PST.