February 3, 2005 4:07 PM PST

Windows glitches to get fixes

Related Stories

Worm packs double whammy

February 3, 2005

Microsoft: SP2 shimmy's not a flaw

February 1, 2005

MySQL worm halted

January 28, 2005

Flaw finders go their own way

January 26, 2005
A bumper crop of Microsoft patches will be released next week, including nine fixes for Windows flaws.

At least one of the updates for the Windows operating system is rated "critical," its highest rating, Microsoft said Thursday in a posting to its TechNet site. The forewarning is part of the company's program to give regular computer users notice of monthly security bulletins before the patches themselves are released.

There will be 13 updates in total, Microsoft said. That includes a critical flaw affecting Office and Visual Studio, and another critical flaw involving Windows, Windows Media Player and MSN Messenger. Also on the way are a patch for an "important" vulnerability in .Net Framework and a fix for "moderate" problems with SharePoint Services and Office.

Microsoft's security updates have come under the microscope in the past month. Russian experts said they had discovered a way for intruders to get past a protective element of Service Pack 2, and a Romanian security service provider said that a critical patch issued by Microsoft in January did not fix all the problems in the HTML Help ActiveX control in Windows.

The software giant's patch process itself was tapped by attackers, who sent out a fake e-mail purporting to be a Windows security bulletin. The message attempted to persuade people into downloading and installing an attached Trojan horse.

The latest fixes will be released on Feb. 8, Microsoft said in its posting. The company has set a schedule of sending out security updates on the second Tuesday of each month.

10 comments

Join the conversation!
Add your comment
Mac OS X unaffected!
Nuff said!!
Posted by Dr Dude (49 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Whoopie do!
That is nice.
Posted by (3 comments )
Link Flag
ya, right
What, you missed the last round of updates for OS X? I think it was last week, and Apple was plugging several holes in the Mac OS...

Nuff said!!
Posted by catchall (245 comments )
Link Flag
RISCOS Unaffected
'nuff said
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
Reply Link Flag
DOS 3.3 unaffected
'nuff said
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Windows 1.0 unaffected
'nuff said
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
Reply Link Flag
My fish tank unaffected
'nuff said
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Treo 600 unaffected
'nuff said
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
Reply Link Flag
 

Join the conversation

Add your comment

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Click here to review our Terms of Use.

What's Hot

Discussions

Shared

RSS Feeds

Add headlines from CNET News to your homepage or feedreader.