Microsoft Patch Tuesday Preview, July 2012

Today, in keeping with its usual schedule, Microsoft released its Security Bulletin Advanced Notification for July, previewing the security fixes it intends to release next Tuesday, July 10.   Microsoft plans to release nine security bulletins this month.  Six are for Windows and its components; three of these have a maximum severity rating of Critical, and the other three are rated Important.  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 2 3
Windows Vista 3 3
Windows Server 2003 1 3 1
Windows Server 2008 1 3 2
Windows 7 3 3
Windows Server 2008 R2 1 3 2
Windows Server Core 3

There are also three bulletins that affect Microsoft Office, including Office for Mac and InfoPath.  All of these are rated Important.   Two of the three also apply to other Microsoft software; the affected packages are SharePoint Server, Groove Server, Visual Basic for Applications, Office Web Apps, and SharePoint Services & Foundation.

According to Microsoft, four of the Windows bulletins will require a system restart, and the other bulletins may require one, depending on your system’s configuration.  Two of the Office bulletins may require a restart, depending again on the 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, July 2012

  1. […] It’s time for Patch Tuesday again!  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 nine bulletins, for 15 identified vulnerabilities.  Six of the bulletins are for Windows and its components; three of these have a maximum severity rating of Critical, and the other two are rated Important.  All  supported versions of Windows are affected.  (For a breakdown of bulletins by severity and Windows version, please see this month’s preview post.) […]

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