Microsoft today announced it will release seven Patch Tuesday fixes next week, including one for a flaw in Windows Server 2000 and 2003 DNS Service.
"The listing of updates slated for Tuesday does include the update we’ve been working on for this issue," he said, referring to the DNS flaw.
As part of the release, Microsoft will also release an updated version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool, and seven high-priority non-security updates.
Budd recently said that he was increasingly confident the patch would be released on schedule.
Public exploits, including a Metasploit module, were released last month for the flaw, but researchers said attacks were rare because the DNS server is generally not public facing. Intranets are the greatest risk of exploitation.
Researchers also credited Microsoft for providing easy-to-use workarounds for administrators to protect their networks.
Microsoft is also keeping an eye on a hacker known as shinnai, who kicked off the Month of ActiveX Bugs project this week, disclosing exploitable flaws affecting OCX controls in Microsoft Office.
Meanwhile, Apple on Monday patched a flaw in its QuickTime media player that could be exploited on Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer web browsers, on Windows XP, Vista or Mac OS X operating systems.
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