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Updates will address Windows, IE and Office

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Microsoft is planning to release at least five critical fixes in next week's Patch Tuesday monthly security update.

The company said that the planned patch release will include fixes for critical remote code execution flaws in versions of Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer, as well as Microsoft Exchange Server.

Among the products which will be impacted by the critical updates are Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 7, and Windows XP. The Internet Explorer updates will address flaws in versions 6 through 11 of the web browser. Windows Server 2012, 2010, 2008, and 2003 will also see updates, as will the Windows 8 RT tablet build.

Also addressed in the update will be critical flaws for Office 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2003. Microsoft warned that if exploited, the vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to remotely execute code without user notification.

In addition to the five critical security fixes, Redmond is planning to release six bulletins to address less-severe "important" security risks. Those patches will include updates for remote code execution, elevation of privilege and information disclosure flaws, as well as issues that could allow an attacker to bypass security features in Office. The notification does not mention any security updates for OS X versions of Office this month.

For Microsoft Lync, the Patch Tuesday update will bring fixes for important issues in both Lync 2010 and 2013.

The company said that the December edition of Patch Tuesday, the final scheduled security release of the year, will be released on December 10. The company usually posts detailed descriptions of the patched flaws, as well as suggested prioritizing for the updates, when it makes the security bulletins available to users and administrators.

Adobe has also set aside the second Tuesday of the year for its scheduled security updates, though the company has yet to give word on any upcoming patch releases. ®

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