Microsoft, in keeping with its customary schedule, released a preview today of the security patches it intends to release next Tuesday, October 9. A total of seven security bulletins is planned; six of which are rated Important and one Critical. Only two of the bulletins, both rated Important, affect Windows itself. All supported versions of Windows are affected. Windows XP, Server 2003, Vista, and Server 2008 have one bulletin, and Windows 7, Server 2008 Release 2, and Server Core have two.
The other five bulletins affect a variety of Microsoft products. There are three bulletins, including the one bulletin rated Critical, that affect Microsoft Office and its components. One Important bulletin applies to Microsoft’s SQL Server (all versions). These Microsoft server products also have patches scheduled:
- Share Point Server
- Share Point Services and Share Point Foundation
- Groove Server
- FAST Search Service
- Office Web Apps
- Communicator (Is Microsoft channeling Netscape now?)
Complete details are given in the Security Bulletin Advanced Notification. Microsoft says that the two Windows patches will definitely require a system restart; the others may require one, depending on the system’s configuration.
As always, this information is subject to change until the security bulletins are actually released next Tuesday. I’ll post another note here once they are available.