Microsoft is preparing 12 security fixes - seven critical - as part
of the August edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
The seven "critical" fixes due out next Tuesday (12 August) cover
flaws in Windows, Media Player, Internet Explorer and Office. All
supported version of Windows - including Vista - will need patching.
The five less serious "important" flaws cover vulnerabilities in
Windows, Outlook Express and Windows Messenger. With so many client
systems needing patching it is tempting to think that some sysadmins
might be recalled from the beach to handle the workload, which is
unusually heavy for this time of the year. Neither June or July were
particularly busy, bringing just one critical bug between them against
seven in this month alone.
More details on the upcoming updates can be found in a pre-alert notice from Microsoft here.