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Friday, 08 May 2009 04:16

PowerPoint the focus of May's Patch Tuesday

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After a busy April, May's Patch Tuesday looks like being a walk in the park for Windows administrators as only one bulletin is scheduled. But don't get complacent: it is a critical issue.

Unusually, there are no bulletins scheduled for Windows itself. The sole issue relates to PowerPoint.

And there's more good news - although the bulletin comes with a maximum severity rating of critical, that only applies to PowerPoint 2000.

For other affected versions (XP, 2003 and 2007), it's only considered important. The same applies to PowerPoint Viewer 2003 and 2007.

The exact nature of the issue will be disclosed next week, but it seems likely that it is another 'malformed document causes buffer overflow with potential remote code execution' problem.

The PowerPoint update will be available via Microsoft Update but not through Windows Update.

Microsoft officials have said there will also be the customary update for the Malicious Software Removal Tool. It seems likely that the junk email filter will also be updated as usual.

At least one high-priority but non-security update is also expected on Tuesday.


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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