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Microsoft Patch Tuesday, it's a big one

One of the biggest releases of patches since October 2008 is due on Tuesday June 9.

Microsoft has confirmed it will deliver 10 security updates to patch some serious bugs in Windows, Internet Explorer, Word and Excel. Six of the ten were marked as "critical", Microsoft's highest threat ranking. Three of the updates are marked as "Moderate" and one marked as "Important".

This update will include the first ever production patch for IE8 since the release. Mac users will not receive any PowerPoint patches for this month, after heavily patching PowerPoint for Windows last month, stating it does not want to delay these patches any longer, so Mac users will have to do without.

Mac users will need to wait till July at the earliest for PowerPoint patches, as none of the analyzed exploits found on the Windows PowerPoint will reliably exploit the Mac.

The following versions of Microsoft Windows are affected and will receive updates:

  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 x64
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (x64)*
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Itanium-based systems
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (x64)*
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (x64)*
  • Windows Server 2008 (Service Pack 2) (x64)*
  • Windows Server 2008 (Service Pack 2) Itanium-based systems (x64)*

* Both 32bit and 64bit systems
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