IT administrators will be relieved to hear that next week's Microsoft Patch Tuesday will see just one bulletin addressing a single vulnerability in Windows.

Microsoft security spokesman Jerry Bryant announced the news in a blog posting yesterday, explaining that the single vulnerability is rated as 'critical' on Windows 2000 and 'low' for all other platforms.

"Customers with Windows 2000 systems will want to review and deploy this update as soon as possible but, as we will show in our release guidance next week, the Exploitability Index rating for this issue will not be high, which lowers the overall risk," he wrote.

The news will come as something of a relief to IT staff, who have recently had to cope with mammoth security updates from Microsoft. In October, the firm released 13 bulletins addressing a whopping 34 vulnerabilities.

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