Microsoft Preps Windows Security Fix for Patch Tuesday
In its first Patch Tuesday of the year, Microsoft is planning to plug a Windows security hole rated critical for Windows 2000 systems. A fix for a Server Message Block protocol vulnerability is still being worked on, Microsoft says.Microsoft is kicking off the new year with a single Windows security bulletin. The first Patch Tuesday release of 2010 will contain a fix rated "critical" for Windows 2000 users and low for others. According to Microsoft's pre-Patch Tuesday notification, the bulletin addresses a remote code execution vulnerability, and the exploitability index-the rating system that predicts the likelihood of a successful exploit-is not high.
The single bulletin means that a fix for the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol vulnerability the company warned users about in November is not on the menu to be fixed by Jan. 12. According to Microsoft Security Program Manager Jerry Bryant, the company is still working on the issue.