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Microsoft Plans Release of a Dozen Patches

Microsoft shall release twelve security updates on Tuesday, February 13. These updates are related to a broad range of applications. The dozen patches will be slightly more than the usual number. The batch of patches will contain applications different from the normal. These are Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC), Step-by-Step Interactive Training, and some security software like Windows Live OneCare, Windows Defender or Microsoft ForeFront, and Microsoft Anitgen.

The collection of patches will rectify flaws in the Windows operating system and Office, said Microsoft in a statement on its Web site posted on Thursday, February 8, 2007. Of the total updates, five will be for Windows and two for Office. Microsoft shall also issue one less-critical patch that will handle flaws in both Windows and Office.

Microsoft's advance declaration on Thursday is not always the final announcement of Patch Tuesday products. In January this year, for instance, the company pulled back several Windows patches it promised for the Patch Tuesday deliverables. This happens when the company finds some problems at the time of testing or when some other issue arises.

SANS Internet Storm Center maintains a list of Microsoft holes that need patches. Currently the list comprises 14 known bugs, said Johannes Ullrich, chief technology officer with the Institute. He said some of the bugs existed for several months and are still un-patched.

According to Ullrich, it would be great if Microsoft fixed the right bugs. He noted that next Tuesday's release would contain a large number of security updates. In January the company didn't issue a fix for any prominent Office bugs, while they were popular targets. So, Ullrich emphasizes on their fixes.

There are at least four zero-day flaws in Word that the software giant is dealing with though it is not clear how many fixes will take shape this month.

In addition to the dozen security bulletins, Patch Tuesday will also include non-security updates for the Malicious Software Removal Tool in Windows and many other software update applications.

Microsoft Web site will offer all the updates downloadable manually. However, soon after that the automatic updates will start in users' computers.

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