Microsoft major patch updates tomorrow

June 13th, 2011 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

Microsoft today said it will issue 16 security updates next week to patch 34 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office, SQL Server and other products( typically patches are ‘heavier’ in even months.)

Of the 16 updates, nine will be rated “critical,” the highest threat label in Microsoft’s four-step scoring system, while the remaining seven will be marked “important,” the second-most-dire ranking.

The company also regularly updates IE on even-numbered months, and will patch its browser next week in two separate bulletins, an unusual move. Both IE updates were labeled critical. All versions of IE will receive one of the updates, including IE9,

Several of the updates will patch Windows 7, Microsoft’s newest operating system that continues to gain users. According to Web metrics company Net Applications, Windows 7 now accounts for 26% of all operating systems currently in use. Eight of the 10 Windows updates affect Windows 7, with five of those marked critical. The other three were tagged important by Microsoft.

The 16 updates from Microsoft will be released at approximately 1 p.m. ET on June 14.

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