Microsoft preps 'critical' software fixes

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Microsoft is to issue seven security patches in this month's Patch Tuesday, including 'critical' fixes for DirectX, Internet Explorer and Bluetooth wireless software for Windows..

Details of the planned fixes were posted on the company's website yesterday, with updates rated from 'moderate' to 'critical'.

Active Directory, Windows Internet Name Service and Pragmatic General Multicast protocol will also receive 'important' fixes.

The 'Kill Bit' update for Windows, aimed at disabling code already known to be bug-ridden, is the seventh fix and is graded 'moderate'.

It is not clear whether any of the patches will address a recently publicised flaw in Apple's Safari browser which could allow attackers to run unauthorised software when used in combination with another Microsoft bug.

The patches will be issued in line with the company's normal monthly cycle of fixes.
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