Microsoft Black Tuesday Preview, December 2010

Today, in keeping with its usual schedule, Microsoft released its Security Bulletin Advanced Notification for December, giving a preview of the security patches it intends to release next Tuesday, December 14.     This month will bring a holiday helping  of 17 patches; two of these have a maximum severity rating of Critical, fourteen are rated Important, and one Moderate.   There are  Critical updates for all supported versions of Windows.   There are also two Important patches for Microsoft Office, and one each for Works 9 and SharePoint Server.  There is one Moderate patch for Exchange Server. The following table gives the Windows patch breakdown by version and severity.

Windows Version Critical Important Moderate
Windows XP+SP3 1 6
Windows Vista 2 6
Windows Server 2003 1 7
Windows Server 2008 2 7
Windows 7 2 5
Windows Server 2008 R2 2 7
Microsoft Office 2

Microsoft says that, of the 17 bulletins, 8 will definitely require a system reboot, and the rest may or may not, depending on the configuration of your system.

As always, this information is subject to change between now and the actual release of the security bulletins on Tuesday.  I will post an updated summary after the release is made.

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