In keeping with its usual schedule, Microsoft yesterday released its monthly bundle of security patches for October. This month, there are seven patches; these address 21 identified vulnerabilities (13 of these are for one server bulletin, MS12-067). Two of these are for Windows and its components, three affect Microsoft Office, and the others are for other Microsoft software products. (A quick breakdown is given in this month’s preview post.) Microsoft rates one of the Office patches as Critical; the others are rated Important. According to Microsoft, the two Windows patches will definitely require a system restart; the other patches may require one, depending on your system’s configuration. All the details are available in the Security Bulletin Summary for October, 2012.
As always, the good folks at the SANS Internet Storm Center have published their own summary of this month’s patches, including their severity ratings.
I recommend that you patch your systems as soon as you conveniently can.