The idea is to make it easier for system administrators to plan their work, and to this end Microsoft provides several days notice of the extent of each set of bulletins. There are rarely any clues to the nature of the bugs being fixed.
As is often the case, the August Windows bulletins cover all supported versions of the operating system: 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista and Server 2008.
However, not all bulletins affect every version. While three of the four critical bulletins for Windows affect all these versions, the other only applies to 2000 and Server 2003.
The remaining critical bulletin addresses a previously disclosed vulnerability in Office Web Components. It applies to Office XP and 2003; Office Web Components 2000, XP, 2003, and 2003 for Office 2007; Office Small Business Accounting 2006; Visual Studio .NET 2003; Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 and 2006; and BizTalk Server 2002.
All the critical bulletins cover vulnerabilities that allow remote code execution. The remaining bulletins are all rated important, with two allowing privilege escalation, one denial of service, and one remote code execution.
The only piece of Mac software covered by the August bulletins will be the Remote Desktop client, usually known as Remote Desktop Connection for Mac. This application is used to log in remotely to a Windows PC from a Mac.