On March 14th, Microsoft will push a new set of security updates to its users, meant to patch some of the flaws recently found in some of its products.
The company has already announced its intent to push the update out on March 14th, and also unveiled some details on what it will include.
Six bulletins will be included in the update, one of which is rated critical and which affects Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (x32), Windows 7(x32), Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64).
The issue could allow for Remote Code Execution, Microsoft explains in the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification
for March 2012.
Two other bulletins in the software update are rated Important for Windows machines, while another is rated Moderate.
One of the said Important bulletins patches a breach that could result in Denial of Service, while the other is destined for an issue that could allow for Elevation of Privilege. The problem rated Moderate could result in Denial of Service.
Additionally, there is a bulletin meant to resolve a security issue with Microsoft Visual Studio, which might result in Elevation of Privilege, while the sixth of them is meant for a security hole in Microsoft Expression Design, which could allow for Remote Code Execution. Both of these are rated Important.
Additional info on these will become available when Microsoft issues the update. The official Microsoft Security Bulletin numbers will be released at that time as well.
As usual, users who have the Windows Update feature enabled on their PCs should be receiving the security patches automatically, without any additional maneuvers. Those who disabled the feature, however, will have to perform a manual update if they want the new security enhancements to be installed on their machines.