[ISN] Microsoft to release six patches, some 'critical,' next week

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Fri Aug 5 01:05:52 EDT 2005


By Elizabeth Montalbano
AUGUST 04, 2005

Microsoft Corp. will release six software patches next Tuesday
covering flaws in its Windows operating system, along with an updated
version of its Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool and a
nonsecurity update for Windows, Microsoft announced today.

The patches, which Microsoft calls "updates," are part of the
company's regular monthly patch release cycle. Microsoft releases most
software patches on the second Tuesday of each month, a date that has
come to be known as "Patch Tuesday" by security professionals.

The company didn't release any details on the specific nature of the
patches, except to say that some of them will be rated "critical,"  
meaning that flaws could allow malicious code to be installed on an
affected computer without user action. The updates will require a
restart on the patched computer and are detectable using the Microsoft
Baseline Security Analyzer, Microsoft said.

The company also noted that while the software removal tool update
will be available on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server
Update and Download Center, it will not be distributed using Software
Update Services.

Last month, Microsoft released three patches on Patch Tuesday.

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