Microsoft® Bringing Patches on Tuesday, 12 July 2011, to Fight Hackers
After repairing 24 vulnerabilities in a total of 16 bulletins in June’s patch, Microsoft is all set for releasing this month’s four security bulletins on July 12.
According to the Microsoft advanced notification bulletin, in July’s patch update, priority has been given to a critical flaw in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, which allows Remote Code Execution (RCE). During RCE attacks, hackers can remotely use vulnerabilities to dispense malicious code threats, which completely control the affected PCs with or without user interference.
Andrew Storms, Director of Security Operations forÂ nCircle, comments, "The good news is we can expect a light month and that's always a relief after a massive patch like the one we had in June. It's hard to read the tea leaves with Microsoft, but we are expecting the usual updates to older versions of Microsoft Office."
The remaining three bulletins focus on security issues in Microsoft Office and Windows. One major update will repair an error discovered in Microsoft Visio 2003 SP3. This error too enables miscreants to execute RCE attacks. The remaining two bulletins will resolve security issues affecting Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows XP.
On the other hand, Security and Forensic Analyst at Lumension, Paul Henry, informed that the Microsoft Office and Windows patches would have an effect on a large number of users and probably be tough to install. He further added that while this July Patch Tuesday might appear unimportant with merely four patches, the truth is that it will slightly be disrupting. This is because all the four patches affect Microsoft Office and Windows and need a restart as well.