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It should come as no surprise that the upcoming 'Patch Tuesday' from Microsoft should include critical patches covering the likes of VBScript and Jscript implementation in Windows 2000, XP and 2003. However, some reporters have expressed just a little astonishment that both Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 are also included in the latest patch run.

Apparently one of the five critical patches affects every version of Windows, and that includes both the latest server OS and the first of the Vista service packs. Windows Server 2008 was only released to the public five weeks back, and Vista SP1 just two weeks ago.

In the IT Pro report one security expert is quoted as suggesting that the patch may be related to the recent release of some protocols which might have attracted malware writers. The expert, Graham Cluely from Sophos, does also add that it could well be a case of including them in the patch now to save the possibility of having to do it later.

As Editorial Director and Managing Analyst with IT Security Thing I am putting more than two decades of consulting experience into providing opinionated insight regarding the security threat landscape for IT security professionals. As an Editorial Fellow with Dennis Publishing, I bring more than two decades of writing experience across the technology industry into publications such as Alphr, IT Pro and (in good old fashioned print) PC Pro. I also write for SC Magazine UK and Infosecurity, as well as The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Along the way I have been honoured with a Technology Journalist of the Year award, and three Information Security Journalist of the Year awards. Most humbling, though, was the Enigma Award for 'lifetime contribution to IT security journalism' bestowed on me in 2011.

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