Microsoft has yet to finish with the delivery process of Windows Vista SP1, and the company is already hammering away at the service pack plugging security holes. According to the Redmond company, Vista SP1 is affected by multiple vulnerabilities that will be addressed with April’s security bulletin releases, scheduled to be issued on April 8, 2008. Out of the total of eight security bulletins planned of the coming week, no less than six impact various editions of the Windows operating system, and Vista SP1 did not manage to escape unscathed.
“As part of our regularly scheduled bulletin release, we’re currently planning to release five Microsoft Security Bulletins rated Critical and three that are rated as Important. These updates may require a restart and will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. As we do each month, the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool will be updated. Finally, we are planning to release five high-priority, non-security updates on Windows Update and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) as well as three high-priority, non-security updates on Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS),” stated Bill Sisk, the response communication manager for the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC).
Along with advances in performance, reliability, stability and compatibility, Microsoft touted consistent security improvements in Vista SP1. The service pack brings to the table all the hotfixes and security patches issues for Vista since the operating system’s availability as well as additional enhancements. But it seems that when it comes down to vulnerabilities Microsoft has missed a few. According to Microsoft, next week the company will make available two security bulletins labeled with a maximum severity level of Critical and one deemed Important, all patching holes in Vista SP1. In addition to Windows, Microsoft will also deal with vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and the Office System.
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system is available for download HERE.
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