Three patch updates planned for Windows, Office

Bill Brenner
After three months of heavy patching, IT administrators will get a little break for September. Microsoft announced Thursday that it will release only three security updates next week -- two for Windows and one for Office.

The software giant won't release specific vulnerability details until Tuesday, but the advance notification on the company's

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TechNet site does note that the Windows fix will be rated "important" and the Office fix will be "critical."

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The company will also update its malware removal tool and release three non-security, high-priority updates Tuesday.

As it does every month, Microsoft warned that "although we do not anticipate any changes, the number of bulletins, products affected, restart information and severities are subject to change until released."

The upcoming patch release will be much smaller than those of the last three months. In August Microsoft released 12 security bulletins covering a range of problems in Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.

Seven security updates were released in July for flaws in Windows, Internet Explorer, Exchange, Media Player, PowerPoint and Word.

Last month proved particularly hairy for Microsoft. Bot herders used the Windows Server Service flaw fixed in MS06-040 to expand their army of zombie machines, and the cumulative Internet Explorer update in MS06-042 had to be re-released after causing system crashes and opening up a new vulnerability.

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