Saturday, June 7, 2008

Next round of Microsoft 'Patch Tuesday' addresses Bluetooth problem

On its next "Patch Tuesday," slated for June 10, Microsoft plans to release seven security fixes, including three critical updates.

According to Microsoft's Security Bulletin Advance Notification for June, the fixes will also include three important updates and one classified by Microsoft as moderate.

The three critical updates are aimed at vulnerabilities in Windows -- as well as one in the Internet Explorer (IE) browser -- that permit code execution with the use of DirectX, IE, and Bluetooth.

The browser fix is for IE 5.01 through IE 7 running on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.

The Bluetooth fix is aimed at vulnerabilities associated with the way the wireless protocol works with various components of Windows XP, Vista, and Server 2003 operating systems.

Aside from those critical updates, the four other updates are also concerned with remote code execution on Windows. And of course, there's the monthly edition of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Users can register now on Microsoft TechNet to take part in a Webcast that will be held on June 11 to answer questions about the new security fixes. After that date, the Webcast will be available on demand.

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