Brace Yourself for a Big Patch Tuesday

Paul Lilly

Whether you're an IT admin in charge of deploying Windows updates across your firm's entire department or simply a home user with a Windows rig or three, prepare yourself for what's coming tomorrow. Microsoft is giving advance notice that this month's Patch Tuesday will include 16 security bulletin, nine involving critical vulnerabilities. All told, Microsoft plans to patch up 34 vulnerabilities across various products.

All nine critical bulletins deal with remote code execution, and all but one relate to Windows. Other products affected by the critical bulletins include Microsoft .NET Framework, Silverlight, Forefront Threat Management Gateway, and Internet Explorer. Of the 16 bulletins, more than half will require a restart, and the rest "may require restart," Microsoft says.

"All in all, [it's] a big update and system administrators will need to plan closely as both workstations and servers are affected by the critical bulletins," said Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of security services from Qualys, in a blog post . "In addition applications such as Excel, Adobe Reader, and Java will have to be taken into account this month.

You can view Microsoft's full Advance Notification for June 2011 here .

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