Microsoft Windows, Office Security Fixes Prepped for Patch Tuesday
Microsoft is planning to release two security updates next week for Patch Tuesday to address eight vulnerabilities. The company also reminded users it is terminating support in the coming months for certain versions of Windows.Microsoft is preparing to release two security updates next week to cover eight security holes in Windows and Microsoft Office. According to Microsoft, both the bulletins will be rated "important," the second highest rating the company gives to its updates. The first affects Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 systems. The second bulletin deals with problems in Excel 2002, Excel 2003 and Excel 2007 on Windows, as well as Excel 2004 and Excel 2008 on the Mac. The second bulletin also impacts versions of SharePoint Server, Excel Viewer and the Open X M L File Format Converter for Mac.
The small number of updates is a significant change from last month, when the company released a total of 13 security updates for 26 vulnerabilities. Since neither of the bulletins are critical, administrators have something of a breather when it comes to installation, Qualys CTO Wolfgang Kandek said in an e-mail to eWEEK.
- Windows XP Service Pack 2 will not be supported after July 13, 2010. Customers are urged to upgrade to Service Pack 3 or to Windows 7.
- Windows Vista RTM will no longer be supported after April 13, 2010. However, Service Pack 1 will still be supported until July 12, 2011. Microsoft recommends customers update to Service Pack 2 or Windows 7.
- Extended support for Windows 2000 will end July 13, 2010. After that time, Microsoft will no longer provide security or any other updates for Windows 2000.