Microsoft on Thursday said it would release just two security patches next week, five fewer than last month. A fix for Microsoft Office, the Redmond, Wash.-based company´s business productivity suite, is on the calendar, as is a separate patch for Windows. The former will be labeled critical, Microsoft´s most serious warning, while the latter will be tagged as important.
Microsoft assigns “critical” to security bulletins when it believes an exploit of the vulnerability could be used to create a worm able to spread without any user interaction.
As is its practice, Microsoft gave no additional details. Its advance notifications are meant only to “help customers plan for the deployment of these security updates more effectively,” the company said in the alert.