June 9th, 2011, 22:04 PM
Microsoft slates hefty Patch Tuesday, to fix 34 flaws next week
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.
"It's the usual mishmash for an even-numbered month," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security. "But to some degree, we expected a big month. And they stayed true to form."
Microsoft typically releases a larger number of updates in even-numbered months, and fewer in odd-numbered months. In May, for instance, Microsoft shipped just two updates -- the company called them "bulletins" -- to patch only three vulnerabilities.
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.
Next week's Patch Tuesday bulletin count will be the second-largest this year, following April's collection of 17 updates, but beating February's total of 12.
Full story: Computerworld