May 4, 2006 12:20 PM PDT
'Critical' Windows, Exchange fixes coming
The Exchange e-mail server and at least one of the Windows alerts is deemed "critical," Microsoft's highest risk rating, the software maker said in a notice posted on its Web site on Thursday. Such flaws typically allow a full compromise of a vulnerable system without any, or minimal, user interaction.
Microsoft did not specify how many flaws the updates will tackle, or say which components of Windows and Exchange are being repaired. Security researchers over the past weeks have reported several unpatched flaws in Internet Explorer, the Web browser component of Windows.
On Tuesday, Microsoft also plans to release an updated version of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. The software detects and removes common malicious code placed on computers.
The company gave no further information on the upcoming bulletins, other than stating that the fixes may require restarting the computer or server.
The Redmond, Wash., software maker offers advance notification about patches so people can get ready to install the updates.
Microsoft said it will host a Webcast about the new fixes on Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT.
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