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 Server 2003||2||—||1|
|Windows Server 2008||2||—||1|
|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.