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Excel, Office '07 affected by patch updates; Vista left alone

There are three critical bulletins in this month's Microsoft Patch Tuesday update. And none of them involve Vista.

As with last month's bulletin, a heartening trend is starting to emerge: None of the security issues disclosed this month affected Office 2007 or Windows Vista. However, four bulletins in this month's batch were pulled at the last minute -- one of which was possibly slated to address a zero-day problem in Word and Office.

There's also been word of a published zero-day exploit in Vista that has not been patched yet. But because the exploit appears to require authenticated access to the target system in order to implement the attack, it's not as urgent.

Here's a breakdown of what's in Microsoft's January 2007 security bulletin.

Critical vulnerabilities:

Important vulnerabilities:

About the author: Serdar Yegulalp is editor of the Windows Power Users Newsletter. Check it out for the latest advice and musings on the world of Windows network administrators -- and please share your thoughts as well!

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