Microsoft is planning two new software security fixes – one of which is said to be critical – in the latest batch of security updates.
Both patches are for the Windows operating system, with the ‘critical’ patch designed to cure a bug that a worm could take advantage of without the user taking any action.
Microsoft will also release an updated version of its Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services and the company's Download Centre website. The tool detects and removes common malicious code placed on computers.
Last month, Microsoft released one software patch that addressed three critical security vulnerabilities in the way Windows processes Windows Metafile, a graphics format used by some computer-aided design applications.
Could 2006 bring a change to this merry-go-round of Microsoft patches? Tackling the creation of these vulnerabilities at source would surely be more effective.