With the next Patch Tuesday just around the corner, Microsoft on Thursday published the Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2012. Next week’s Patch Tuesday will be a lot lighter compared to the one in February. Hit the jump for more.
Microsoft ended 2011 with a late out-of-band patch that took the total number of security bulletins in the year to 100. If the first Patch Tuesday of 2012 is anything to go by, the software giant may not have too much trouble going past last year’s patch tally. The year’s first Patch Tuesday delivered seven vulnerabilities, one more than the last three January Patch Tuesdays combined.
Yesterday was no ordinary Tuesday. It was Microsoft’s eleventh Patch Tuesday of 2011. In keeping with Microsoft’s practice of releasing a lower volume of patches during odd-numbered months as compared to even ones, this month’s Patch Tuesday only contains four security bulletins, which is half of what the company shipped in October.
We're already nearing the halfway point of October, and that means another Patch Tuesday. To help prepare for tomorrow's deluge of updates, Microsoft has issued its Advanced Notification for this month, which lays out eight security bulletins outlining 23 security holes across a range of software, including Windows 7/Vista/XP/Server and others.
Microsoft routinely issues advance notifications for its monthly Patch Tuesday update days before it goes live, that's not unusual. But the Redmond software outfit typically doesn't reveal the full extent of the patches through official "bulletins" until the day of release, which makes the weekend leak highly unusual.
As it does on the second Tuesday of each month, Microsoft today delivered this month’s installment of security updates. June’s edition of Patch Tuesday only includes four security bulletins, which is significantly less compared to last month’s consignment of 16 security bulletins. Between them, the security bulletins released today address 22 vulnerabilities.
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.
Patch Tuesdays usually tend to be a lot quieter during odd-numbered months like this one compared to even-numbered months. Take this month's shipment of patches, for instance. If in April Microsoft delivered a record 64 fixes, this month’s Patch Tuesday release is restricted to just a couple of security bulletins that address only three vulnerabilities. Hit the jump for more.
Microsoft today posted an advance notification of a pair of security bulletins to be released on Patch Tuesday next week, including a "Critical" one that affects Windows and an "Important" one that affects Office. Windows Server 2003, Server 2008, Office XP, office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2004 for Mac, and Office 2008 for Mac are all affected by the bulletins, Microsoft said.
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.