Microsoft is set to release the second round of critical patches through an incoming bug fix update for Windows 8 and RT.
Scheduled for a release on Tuesday, the patches will also affect the other current versions of Windows, including XP, Vista, and Windows 7, in addition to Server 2003 and 2008.
A total of five of the patches are rated critical, with two being branded important. The critical patches have been designed to close security holes in the operating system that could allow an attacker to infect a system with malicious code.
Should Windows Update be set to automatic, critical patches will automatically be installed, while the ones considered important can be manually installed by users.
Internet Explorer 10 is also set to receive a security fix next Tuesday, which will be its first patch. The critical-rated patch secures holes that could leave a system vulnerable to certain malware. The update will also apply to earlier versions of the browser -- from IE6 through till IE9.