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Friday, 09 December 2011 15:59

Santa's sack stuffed with security patches from Microsoft

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Microsoft's pre-Christmas Patch Tuesday is going to be a doozie - 14 bulletins are planned, addressing 20 vulnerabilities.

Microsoft's regular advance notification of forthcoming security bulletins reveals 14 bulletins are planned this month.

Coming less than two weeks before Christmas, the bulletins will be concerned with fixes for 20 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Publisher, and Windows Media Player.

Three of the bulletins - all affecting Windows and involving the possibility of remote code execution - will be rated critical. The remainder are all rated important and involve with remote code execution or privilege escalation.

All currently supported versions of Windows are affected by at least one of the critical updates. All of the Office-related updates are rated important, and one of them concerns Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac as well as the Windows versions of Microsoft's suite.

The bulletins are scheduled for release on December 13 at around 10am US PST (5am on December 14, AEDST).

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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