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Microsoft to issue six fixes on a light Patch Tuesday

It’s said that March comes in like a lion, but this month’s patch bulletin from Microsoft looks more lamb-like.

Among the six fixes to be released on Tuesday, just one is labeled “critical” – a patch that addresses a remote code execution flaw in several Windows systems. Users of Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2, as well as Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP SP 3, will all need to reboot their systems to apply the patch.

Also included will be four “important” patches, two of which will also require a restart of Windows systems (including a denial of service flaw and an elevation of privilege issue affecting all current versions of Windows Server). There is also one moderate patch affecting operating systems after Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista.

One of the important patches addresses an privilege escalation vulnerability in the Visual Studio development tool; affected versions include VS 2008 SP1, VS 2010 and VS 2010 SP 1.

Keep an eye out for the full report next week, and visit SearchWindowsServer.com for a full rundown of February’s patches.

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