10 Jun 2011

Microsoft set to release big round of updates

According to a notification posted to its website, Microsoft will release 16 Patch Tuesday updates on June 14, including nine repairs for vulnerabilities designated “critical.”

Microsoft defines a critical vulnerability as one “whose exploitation could allow the propagation of an internet worm without user action.” Next Tuesday’s critical updates are listed as affecting the Windows operating system, the Microsoft.NET framework, Silverlight, the Forefront Threat Management Gateway and Internet Explorer.

Microsoft will also be releasing an updated version of its Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Last month’s Patch Tuesday saw only two updates released. CRN quotes Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst for Lumension, who surmises that this heavy round of updates might be owing to the many recent hacks in the news. These include attacks on Sony and Citigroup.

And earlier this week, ViaForensics made news with the release of results showing vulnerabilities in 27 of 30 Android and iPhone apps tested.

Adobe will get into the Patch Tuesday act as well. It will release updates to fix critical issues in its Reader and Acrobat products.