Microsoft Patch Tuesday Preview, April 2012

Today, in keeping with its usual schedule,  Microsoft released its Security Bulletin Advanced Notification for April, previewing the security fixes it intends to release next Tuesday, April 10.   Microsoft plans to release six security bulletins this month.  Three are for Windows and its components; all of these have a maximum severity rating of Critical.  All  supported versions of Windows are affected.   The table below shows the breakdown of patches by Windows version and severity:

Windows Version Critical Important Moderate
Windows XP+SP3 3
Windows Vista 3
Windows Server 2003 2 1
Windows Server 2008 2 1
Windows 7 3
Windows Server 2008 R2 2 1

There is also a bulletin for Microsoft Office, rated Important; one for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway, also rated Important; and one rated Critical, that affects Office, SQL Server, and other server software and development tools.  (See the Advanced Notification for details.)

According to Microsoft, two of the Windows bulletins will require a system restart, and the other bulletins may require one, depending on your system’s configuration.

As always, this information is subject to change between now and the actual release of the bulletins next Tuesday.  I will post a note here once the actual updates are available.

One Response to Microsoft Patch Tuesday Preview, April 2012

  1. […] Today is the second Tuesday of April, so, in keeping with its usual schedule, Microsoft has released this month’s batch of security bulletins and patches for Windows and related software.  This month, there are six patches, for nine identified vulnerabilities.  Three of the patches are for Windows itself, and its .NET components;  all supported versions of Windows are affected, and have at least two Critical bulletins.    For a breakdown of patches by version and severity, check this month’s preview post. […]

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