Patch Tuesday is coming up and Microsoft has released an advanced notification about the upcoming security patches. Patch Tuesday refers to the second Tuesday of each month on which security patches are released to the public.
The Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for February 2011 details the upcoming patches. A total of 12 security bulletins are released next Tuesday of which all but one fix issues in the Microsoft Windows operating system. The remaining patch fixes a vulnerability in Microsoft Office.
Three of the security vulnerabilities have received a maximum severity rating of critical, the highest available rating, the remaining nine a severity rating of important.
The remaining vulnerabiliy affected Microsoft Visio 2002 Service Pack 2, Visio 2003 Service Pack 3 and Visio 2007 Service Pack 2. It is rated as important.
The advanced notifications are accessible here.
Adobe has released a Prenotification Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
Adobe is planning to release updates for Adobe Reader X (10.0) for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, Adobe Acrobat X (10.0) for Windows and Macintosh, and Adobe Acrobat 9.4.1 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh to resolve critical security issues. Adobe expects to make updates for Windows and Macintosh available on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. An update for UNIX is expected to be available by the week of February 28, 2011.
Expect lots of patching next Tuesday. We will post detailed information once the patches are released by Microsoft and Adobe.
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