Microsoft is prepared to issue patches for 9 holes in the Windows operating system and in Microsoft Office with 6 of the 9 fixes being labeled as “critical”. A “critical” flaw is defined by Microsoft as:
A vulnerability whose exploitation could allow the propagation of an Internet worm without user action.
Of the 6 critical patches, two are for Internet Explorer 7 and the others are for Windows, Microsoft Office, Office for Mac, Visual Basic and XML Core.
Patch Tuesday occurs on the second Tuesday of each month and is the day designated by Microsoft to plug holes. So, make sure your automatic updates are turned on and be aware that you will have to restart your computer after these patches are applied.