Microsoft’s July update is small – four bulletins in total, two of them addressing security flaws in Windows and two for Microsoft Office. Both Windows bulletins have a maximum rating of critical and both address previously disclosed vulnerabilities. The first one is for Windows XP and 2003 and fixes the Windows Help and Support Center vulnerability published by Tavis Ormandy in a much discussed full disclosure move. Microsoft showed some impressive turnaround time on that patch. The second bulletin fixes a problem in the AERO display driver component for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, which was disclosed publicly earlier in May.
The two remaining bulletins, one ranked critical and one important, are for Microsoft Office and all versions but the new Office 2010 are affected, including Office XP, Office 2003 and Office 2007.
July also marks the end of support for two important Microsoft Operating Systems, Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000. Windows XP SP2 users are advised to upgrade to SP3, which will be supported throughout 2014. Windows 2000 users need to upgrade to a different version of the operating system altogether, as the entire Windows 2000 line is discontinued.