Next Patch Tuesday includes 9 critical bulletins, plugs 34 holes

By on June 10, 2011, 7:48 PM

Microsoft announced yesterday that it's preparing to unleash a whopping 16 bulletins next week. Slated for June 14, this month's Patch Tuesday will address 34 vulnerabilities across many products. The update follows a comparatively light cycle in May, which included only two security bulletins.

Of the 16 patches, nine are labeled "critical," Microsoft's highest severity rating, while the remaining seven are deemed "important." All of the critical flaws can lead to remote code execution, while the others can enable denial of service attacks, information disclosure and elevation of privilege.

Seemingly every supported version of Windows is affected, spanning from Windows XP SP3 to Windows 7 SP1 and their respective Server counterparts. IE6 through 9, Silverlight, Visual Studio 2005 SP1 through 2010, as well as all supported versions of Office for Windows and Mac are also listed.

IT professionals can expect a busy day, as more than half of the updates will require a reboot. In fact, June as a whole will be quite hectic. Adobe's quarterly patch is due next week and you can expect various fixes for Adobe Reader X, Acrobat X and earlier versions for both Windows and Mac systems.

Next week will also bring a new version of Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool. Earlier this week, Adobe released an out-of-band patch for Flash to address a vulnerability being actively exploited, and Oracle shipped a bundle of critical updates for Java SE covering various versions of JDK and JRE. 

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Leeky Leeky said:

It's good to see them pushing them out, even if I do wonder how long they've been an issue prior to getting to this point.

IT seems a lot of vendors are rushing to get patches done - looking at the recent coverage of hacking in general it would seem a sign of the times.

fpsgamerJR62 said:

Looks like another busy week ahead. Although Microsoft Update pretty much runs by itself, on occasions when there are lots of updates, I sometimes stay up late and run the update manually to get the updates earlier since I do have several PCs to update.

Mizzou Mizzou said:

It's really become a full time job to try and stay one step ahead of the hackers. At least Microsoft seems to do a good job trying to stay on top of the situation.

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