Albuquerque, New Mexico (PressExposure) July 08, 2011 -- Recently, Microsoft released advance notification for the upcoming security update. The developer will issue four security bulletins patching multiple vulnerabilities associated with Windows Operating System and Office Suite. Vulnerability in Office Suite is associated with Microsoft Visio 2003. Microsoft will also release update for Malicious Software Removal Tool for Windows. The update will mitigate flaws associated with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The critical vulnerabilities in the forthcoming update are associated with Windows Vista and Windows 7 and are included in the first security bulletin. The developer has rated all the vulnerabilities covered by the second and third security bulletins as important. The fourth security bulletin deals with the issues in Office Suite considered important by Microsoft.
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