Microsoft recently announced it will release 17 security bulletins to patch 40 vulnerabilities affecting its Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Exchange and SharePoint platforms on Tuesday, December 14.
Two of the bulletins will address critical flaws in Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer, while the remaining bulletins have been deemed either "important" or "moderate."
The SharePoint security bulletin has been rated "important," and will address an issue with the remote code execution, according to Microsoft.
On the company's official security blog, Microsoft Security Response Center director Mike Reavey said one of the critical bulletins will close the remaining vulnerabilities exploited by the Stuxnet malware.
The patches will also address a security flaw in Internet Explorer 8's remote code execution that attackers have exploited. According to Reaves, "customers running Internet Explorer 8 remained protected by default due to the extra protection provided by Data Executive Prevention."
Reavey notes that Microsoft has released a total of 106 bulletins this year. In October, the software giant issued 16 patches to fix a record 49 security flaws to Windows, Internet Explorer and other platforms.