Seven Critical Patches on Tap for Tuesday
All seven updates will address critical issues, Microsoft said. Redmond lumped the bulletins into several groups, two of which affect Windows.
The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) plans to publish seven security
bulletins next Tuesday, according to Thursday's advance notification.
All seven updates will address critical issues, Microsoft said. Redmond lumped
the bulletins into several groups, two of which affect Windows, three of which
affect Office, one of which affects Exchange and a final update which affects
Microsoft's CAPICOM and BizTalk Server.
The Windows Critical updates will require a system restart, Microsoft said;
the Office updates may require a restart, as well.
As usual, Microsoft provided few clues as to which updates it plans to deliver.
Microsoft officials did confirm, however, that next Tuesday's patch haul will
include a fix for a DNS vulnerability that affects Windows 2000 Server (all
versions) and Windows Server 2003 (all versions).
"We haven't seen any new information around attacks against the issue
we discussed in Microsoft Security Advisory 935964," wrote Microsoft's
Christopher Budd in a posting
on the MSRC blog. "Also, the listing of updates slated for Tuesday
does include the update we've been working on for this issue."
Last month, Budd indicated that Microsoft hoped to finish
testing the DNS patch in time for Patch Tuesday.
"While we don't have a firm estimate on when we'll complete our development
and testing of updates for this issue, we have teams around the world working
on it 24 hours a day, and hope to have updates no later than May 8, 2007, for
the May monthly bulletin release," he had written on the MSRC blog.
But this is not the full extent of Microsoft's patch plans. The company announced
plans to deliver one non-security, high-priority update for Windows (via Windows
Update and Software Update Services), as well as six non-security, high-priority
updates (via Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services). In addition,
Redmond plans to release still another version of its Windows Malicious Software
Thursday's advance notification isn't always the last word in Patch Tuesday
deliverables, of course. Earlier this year, for example, Microsoft yanked several
promised Windows patches from its Patch Tuesday payload. Redmond typically pulls
a patch if it discovers problems during testing, or if it identifies other issues.
Stephen Swoyer is a Nashville, TN-based freelance journalist who writes about technology.