| By Susan Bradley |
The month of May brings spring flowers to the northern hemisphere — and seven critical patches to the whole world.
Three of the patches should be your priority, plus one DNS patch and a way to finally get rid of your svchost.exe issues.
Word 2000 finally gets its fix
Microsoft Word 2000, 2002, and 2003 — plus MS Works versions up to 2006 and MS Word for Macintosh 2004 — finally get a much-needed patch for some security issues that are being actively exploited. Word 2007 is not vulnerable. Word 2000 was the most at risk from the attacks, which are now patched by MS07-024 (934232).
The only workaround to prevent the attacks was to ensure that your antivirus program was up to date, and to refrain from opening e-mail attachments and documents on the Web. That’s not completely reliable protection, so place MS07-025 on high priority in your patching schedule.
Internet Explorer update provides printing fixes
This month’s cumulative Internet Explorer update is an important tweak. This is not just for the security issues that the update fixes, but also for the IE 7 and e-mail printing issues that are corrected.
The worst issue causes e-mails and Web page printouts to be shrunk to unreadable sizes. SpywareSucks blogger Sandi Hardmeier highlights in her blog the IE 7 printing fixes that are included in MS07-027 this month.
As with all cumulative hotfixes, known issues that affect some customized Web pages are documented in a special Knowledge Base article, 931768.