Microsoft plans to release two security patches for its Office collaboration suite and the Windows operating system next Tuesday (14 March), as part of its monthly scheduled patching cycle.
The Office patch has been classed as “critical” by Microsoft, and the Windows fix is deemed “important”.
Critical patches are issued to address potential attacks by remote attackers that require no intervention from users to cause harm to their systems.
Last month, Microsoft issued seven patches to its Office and Windows suite, with two of these described as critical.
Earlier this week, one of these critical patches – for Windows Media Player – was discovered to have caused operating problems to users’ media players. Microsoft has issued a workaround to this problem.
As usual, Microsoft did not detail in advance which elements of Windows or Office were affected by the latest potential security problems.