Microsoft Patch Tuesday Preview, May 2013

In keeping with its usual schedule, Microsoft on Thursday  released the Security Bulletin Advanced Notification for May 2013, previewing the security bulletins and associated patches it intends to release next Tuesday, May 14, 2013.  This month there are ten bulletins in all; two of these have a maximum security rating of Critical; the rest are rated Important.   Five of the bulletins, including both the Critical ones, are for Windows and its components.  All supported desktop versions of Windows have at least one Critical bulletin.  The table below shows a breakdown of the Windows bulletins by severity and Windows version.

Windows Version Critical Important Moderate
Windows XP+SP3 2 2
Windows Vista 2 2
Windows Server 2003 1 2
Windows Server 2008 1 2
Windows 7 2 2
Windows Server 2008 R2 2 2
Windows 8 1 3
Windows RT 1 2 1
Windows Server 2012 3 1
Windows Server Core 3

Microsoft says that four of the Windows bulletins will definitely require a restart, and the other bulletins may require one, depending on your system’s configuration.

The remaining five bulletins, all of which are rated Important, apply to other Microsoft software products.   There will be three bulletins that apply to Microsoft Office, one for Lync, and one for Windows Essentials.

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.

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