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Microsoft Patch Tuesday for July 2010: four bulletins


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According to the Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft will issue four Security Bulletins addressing five vulnerabilities on Tuesday. It will also host a webcast to address customer questions the following day.

Three of the vulnerabilities are rated "Critical" and the last is marked "Important." All of the Critical vulnerabilities earned their rating through a remote code execution impact, meaning a hacker could potentially gain control of an infected machine. At least one of the four patches will require a restart.

The list of affected operating systems includes Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 are also covered.

Compared to last month's big Patch Tuesday, this is a small one. The exact breakdown of the bulletins is as follows:

  • Bulletin 1: Critical (Remote Code Execution), Windows
  • Bulletin 2: Critical (Remote Code Execution), Windows
  • Bulletin 3: Critical (Remote Code Execution), Office
  • Bulletin 4: Important (Remote Code Execution), Office
If you're wondering, May's Canonical Display Driver vulnerability and June's help vulnerability will both be patched this month.
Along with these patches, Microsoft is also planning to release the following on Patch Tuesday:
  • One or more nonsecurity, high-priority updates on Windows Update (WU) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
  • One or more nonsecurity, high-priority updates on Microsoft Update (MU) and WSUS
  • An updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and the Microsoft Download Center

This information is subject to change by Patch Tuesday; Microsoft has been known to rush patches or to pull them as it deems necessary.

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