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Microsoft has given advanced notification that Patch Tuesday this month will bring 17 security bulletins. The company said there will be fixes for Windows (12), Internet Explorer and Windows (1), Office (2), Sharepoint (1) and Exchange (1)

Two of the bulletins are considered “critical”, 14 are “important” and one is “moderate.”


Holly Stewart wrote on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog that the vulnerability in Internet Explorer that was publicized in November (CVE-2010-3962) will be patched on Tuesday.

Public exploit code became available and attacks, largely on weekends, have been reported worldwide, though mostly in China and Korea.

Tom Kelchner