In keeping with its usual schedule, Microsoft released its Security Bulletin Advanced Notification for February, previewing the security fixes it plans to release next Tuesday, February 8. This month the company will release 11 patches for Windows, and one for Microsoft Visio; three of these are rated Critical, and nine (including the Visio patch) are Important. All supported releases of Windows are affected, each with at least one Critical vulnerability; the following table gives the breakdown by Windows version.
|Windows Server 2003||1||7||1|
|Windows Server 2008||2||3||1|
|Windows Server 2008 R2||1||2||4|
|Visio 2002 / 2003 / 2007||–||1||–|
Microsoft says that, of the 12 bulletins, 9 will definitely require a system restart; the other 3 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.