Microsoft is planning to release nine security bulletins next week in its August monthly security update.
The company said that the next Patch Tuesday update would include five 'critical' updates and four 'important' rated fixes.
Microsoft said that the five critical bulletins will address remote code execution vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and Internet Explorer. If exploited, the flaws have the potential to let an attacker install malware on a targeted system without user notification or interaction.
While the severity and risk factor of security updates can vary for each version of an application or operating system, Microsoft said that the release will include 'critical' rated risk factors for all versions of Windows save Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2.
Paul Henry, a security and forensic analyst with Lumension, said that administrators should be especially vigilant of one critical bulletin which addresses a vulnerability in an Active X browser component which Microsoft has previously tried to fix.
"This is an issue that was previously patched and this patch actually cleans up the previous patch," Henry said.
"It is a very high priority update because it is native in Windows and impacts all Windows platforms."
Additional critical bulletins will address vulnerabilities in Office and a critical flaw in the Microsoft SQL server platform.
The 'important' bulletins will address three remote code execution flaws in Windows and Office and an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Windows.
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