It's getting to be that time of month again. Microsoft's 'Patch Tuesday' is just around the corner for April 2011, and saying it's a big one doesn't do justice to the enormity of the upcoming update. Microsoft is planning to roll out fixes for 64 flaws this coming Tuesday, making this the biggest Patch Tuesday update in the company's history. The previous record was 49 vulnerabilities set in October 2010.
Microsoft is cramming the 64 fixes into 17 security bulletins. Nine of them are labeled as "Critical" and the remaining eight are deemed "Important." The updates affect several versions of Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, the .NET Framework, and GDI+.
If you're an IT manager, get ready for a fun week. Several of the updates require a restart while all the rest "may require a restart," according to Microsoft's Advance Notification. It's also worth mentioning that almost all of the updates deal with remote code execution.