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Microsoft Security Patch Release July 2010 Advance Notification

Microsoft have released their Advance Notification for July's expected security bulletin release. Four bulletins have been identified for release, three Critical and one Important, affecting Microsoft Windows (2 Critical), and Office (1 Critical, 1 Important) product families.

While each of the bulletins are expected to target remote code execution vulnerabilities, not all of the Windows and Office product lines will be affected equally by the updates. With the first Windows Critical bulletin, only Windows XP is targeted as Critical. The other Windows platform affected, Windows Server 2003, is only being listed as a Low risk.

With the second of the Windows Critical bulletins, the only affected versions are expected to be Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, both of which are listed as Critical.

Of the Office patches, the Critical Office patch is not expected to target Office XP, though Office 2003 and 2007 are targeted, via their Access components. The final, Important, patch will be for Office XP, 2003, 2007, and is expected to affect the respective Outlook versions associated with those versions of Office.

Key vulnerabilities that have been reported as being patched with this month's release include the publicly disclosed Windows Help and Support Center vulnerability and a publicly reported vulnerability with the Canonical Display Driver.

It is also essential to note that Windows XP SP 2 and Windows 2000 will reach the end of their supported lifecycle with this month's security patches, with no further bulletins to be released for those platforms.

9 July 2010

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