Microsoft Patch Tuesday Preview, January 2014

January 13, 2014

In keeping with its customary schedule, Microsoft on Thursday released its Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2014, summarizing the security bulletins, and associated patches, that it plans to release Tuesday, January 14.  This will apparently be a relatively light month, with only four bulletins slated for release; all four have an Important severity rating.

Two of the bulletins are for Windows itself.  One affects Windows XP and Server 2003; the other affects Windows 7, Server 2008R2, and Server Core.  Other versions of Windows (Vista, Server 2008/SP2, 8, 8.1, RT, RT 8.1, and Server 2012) are not affected at all.

One bulletin affects Microsoft Office and server software: Word, Word Viewer, Share Point Server, and WebApps.  The final bulletin affects Microsoft ERP package, Dynamics AX.

Microsoft says that the two Windows bulletins will require a system restart; the others may require one, depending on your system’s configuration.

As always, this information is subject to change in the final release.  I will post another note here if there appear to be significant changes.

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