Microsoft has announced it will patch 22 serious security vulnerabilities in Windows and in Office as part of July’s patch Tuesday. Microsoft will release four security bulletins one of which will be rated as “critical” as it can be exploited remotely.
Three of bulletins assesses issues with Windows and affect Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
The other bulletin is for Microsoft Office and will patch security problems in Microsoft Visio 2003 Service Pack 3. July’s patch Tuesday is scheduled for July 12th at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
Microsoft also released a special Security Intelligence Report that showcases some of the data they amassed in the wake of the big Rustock botnet takedown in the spring of 2010. The new SIR also delves into the diplomacy, secrecy and intellectual property law that all played important roles in the successful international effort that led to the takedown of the Rustock botnet on March 16. This was Microsoft’s second global botnet takedown effort, after Waledac in February, 2011.