Microsoft Patch Day: 1 Bulletin Expected

The solitary bulletin will provide a fix for a Windows flaw and carries a maximum severity rating of "important."

Its expected to be a relatively quiet patch day for IT security administrators managing Windows systems.

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced plans to release just one security bulletin on May 10 to provide a fix for flaws in the Windows operating system.

The solitary bulletin will carry a maximum severity rating of "important," the second-highest in its publicly available severity rating system.

An "important" rating means that a successful exploit could result in data compromise or denial-of-service attacks.

Microsoft said the May update would not require a restart and can be detected using the MBSA (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer). As is customary, no further information was provided.

Tuesdays scheduled security will also include an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which can be used to detect and zap malware from infected machines.

Ziff Davis Internet News has learned that the malware remover has been redesigned to add several user-friendly interface changes.

Last month, Microsoft released eight bulletins with patches for 18 vulnerabilities in a range of widely deployed products.

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Five of the eight advisories were rated "critical."

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