Microsoft has made available the advance notification of security bulletins that it intends to release on May 10, 2011, or Patch Tuesday as it iscommonly known. This month Microsoft isn’t fixing any vulnerabilities in the desktop versions Windows (meaning XP, Vista or Windows 7). Instead it will issue a patch for a critical remote code execution vulnerability in Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
Along with the Windows Server patch, Microsoft is fixing a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Office. Affected versions are Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office 2007. The issues seems to be with PowerPoint. But it isn’t only the Windows versions of Office which are affected. The patch will also address the same issue in Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac and the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac.
This month’s meager two security bulletins is in sharp contrast to last month’s patch Tuesday when Microsoft patched a titanic 64 vulnerabilities across the following Microsoft products: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, SMB, .NET Framework and GDI+.