Patch Tuesday will have eight bulletins

Microsoft expects to patch flaws in IE, Word, Excel, Windows Media Center, and SharePoint, among others.

The final Patch Tuesday for 2008 will be big, with six critical bulletins and two important bulletins due, according to Microsoft.

On Thursday, the company announced eight security bulletins set to go public December 9. The pre-announcement is intended as a heads-up for IT departments before Patch Tuesday. Six bulletins are considered "critical," the most serious ranking given by the software giant. Two are considered "important," the next level down.

Among the critical patches, two affect Windows, and there is one each that addresses issues in Word, Excel, Visual Basic, and Internet Explorer. All flaws could enable remote code execution if exploited.

Of the "important" bulletins, one is for SharePoint, and the other is for Windows Media Center.

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