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Microsoft readies singular fix for first Patch Tuesday of 2010

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Microsoft's first Patch Tuesday of the year looks set to be more famine than feast.

Redmond plans to instead fix just one critical vuln that affects Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7.

It will also patch the same bug in Windows Server 2003, Server 2008 and 2008 R2, although the security flaw in those products is marked as low by Microsoft.

However, the firm's Jerry Bryant claimed on the company's security blog that the "Exploitability Index" rating for the vuln would not be high, thereby lowering the overall risk.

Bryant also admitted that Microsoft hadn't patched a Denial of Service bug in SMB (Server Message Block), which the company went public about in November 2009.

The security bug in Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 makes it possible to lock up affected systems. The crash would happen without a Blue Screen of Death or other visible indication that anything was amiss.

"We are still working on an update for the issue at this time. We are not aware of any active attacks using the exploit code that was made public for this vulnerability and continue to encourage customers to follow the guidance in the advisory which outlines best practices to help protect systems against attacks that originate outside of the enterprise perimeter," he said.

The software giant's light-footed approach to its latest round of updates contrasts with the hefty collection of patches that trundled out of MS Towers and onto the internet in October last year.

Microsoft issued fixes for 34 vulns as well as 13 updates that month in what was a record Patch Tuesday haul.

The vendor's latest security bulletin release is scheduled for Tuesday, 13 January. ®

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