Microsoft's November Patch Tuesday release to contain two fixes

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IT administrators may get out of work on time this Patch Tuesday, as Microsoft plans to release just two fixes.

The software giant announced today it has scheduled two bulletins, one "critical" and the other "important," to address vulnerabilities in Windows operating systems. The critical patch will fix a bug that affects Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

It is unclear which flaw the critical patches will address, but there are at least two outstanding vulnerabilities being exploited in limited attacks.

One occurs when Windows does not properly handle specially crafted URIs or URLs passed to it when Internet Explorer 7 updates a Windows component. The other issue, announced this week, is an input validation vulnerability in the Macrovision digital rights management software.

The bulletin labeled important is expected to be the patch scrapped just prior to October's security update.

In addition to the patches, Microsoft will release three non-security, high-priority updates on Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services.

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