Patch Tuesday to Bring 9 Microsoft Bandages

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2007-08-10 Print this article Print

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday is bringing nine fixes, six of which address critical problems in Windows and Office.

Microsofts August Patch Tuesday will bring nine security bulletins to fix problems—six of which are rated "critical"—in Microsoft Windows and Office, according to Christopher Budd of the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center) on Aug. 9. The six bulletins that will affect Windows will require a restart and can be detected using Microsofts Baseline Security Analyzer and Enterprise Scan Tool. One of the bulletins pertains to Office and is rated critical. That one wont require a restart and will also be detectable with Baseline Security Analyzer. Another critical vulnerability will be addressed in Office and Windows. That one requires a restart and can be detected with Baseline Security Analyzer.
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All six critical vulnerabilities could allow for remote code execution, and two of those pertain to Internet Explorer. Other critical vulnerabilities lie in Windows XML Core Services, Visual Basic and Office for Mac. Secunia lists nine unpatched Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x. vulnerabilities, with the most severe being rated highly critical. Those unpatched holes are a vulnerability in Windows URI handling command execution, an IE "" method spoofing vulnerability, an IE 7 HTTP basic authentication IDN spoofing vulnerability, an IE page loading race condition and URL spoofing vulnerability, an IE charset inheritance cross-site scripting vulnerability, an IE "onunload" event spoofing vulnerability, an IE 7 window injection vulnerability, an IE 7 popup address bar spoofing weakness, and an IE file upload form keystroke event cancel vulnerability. Finally, one bug, rated important, affects Microsoft Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server. It requires restart and will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and the Enterprise Scan Tool. Microsoft also plans to release an update to the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool as well as four high-priority non-security updates on Microsoft Update and two on Windows Update. More details are available on Microsofts Advance Notification page. Microsoft will release the patches on Aug. 14. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEKs Security Watch blog.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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