Today, in keeping with its usual schedule, Microsoft released its Security Bulletin Advanced Notification for February, previewing the security fixes it intends to release next Tuesday, February 12. Microsoft plans to release eleven security bulletins this month. Nine are for Windows and its components; four of these have a maximum severity rating of Critical, and the others are rated Important. All supported versions of Windows are affected.
The table below shows the breakdown of patches by Windows version and severity:
|Windows Server 2003||2||3||1|
|Windows Server 2008||2||4||1|
|Windows Server 2008 R2||1||6||1|
|Windows Server 2012||1||5||1|
|Windows Server Core||—||6||—|
There are also two bulletins that affect Microsoft server software: one, rated Critical, is for Exchange Server, and the other, rated Important, is for the FAST Search Server.
According to Microsoft, seven 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.