05 Aug 2011

Microsoft will release 13 “Patch Tuesday” updates

Microsoft recently announced it will issue 13 updates to address 22 computer security vulnerabilities on August 9, this month’s “Patch Tuesday.”

Two updates are listed as “critical,” meaning they close loopholes that would allow hackers to access a system without any user action. The critical updates address issues in the Windows operating system and Internet Explorer web browser. Eight updates require restarts, including both critical patches.

Nine updates are listed as “important” and two “moderate.”

Computer security expert Andrew Storms told Computerworld that Microsoft typically releases more updates than this in even-numbered months. In June, the company issued 16 updates to resolve 34 security issues, and last April, 17 bulletins addressed 64 bugs.

As is customary, Microsoft will hold a webcast to field user questions at 11:00 a.m. PST on the Wednesday after patches are released.

At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas this week, Microsoft announced it will award $200,000 to the computer security innovator who submits the best new program to mitigate memory safety vulnerabilities.