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Patch Tuesday Preview for April 09

Next Tuesday, April 14, is Patch Tuesday for this month. As usual, Microsoft e-mailed its Advance Notification yesterday to let us all know what’s coming (there’s also a Web version as well). Here’s what to expect, Windows Vista-wise from the 8 bulletins (5 of which are critical) to be released that day:

  • Windows (which often involves Vista): 3 Critical, 1 important, 1 moderate. All 3 Critical bulletins pose potential remote code execution vulnerabilities, while the Important one involves an elevation of privilege for attackers. The Moderate item involves a potential elevant of privilege as well.
  • Internet Explorer and Excel: Two more critical bulletins, both of the remote code execution variety.
  • Internet Security & Acceleration Server (ISA): One important bulletin that could involve Denial of Service for Microsoft Forefront Edge Security software.
  • 6 of the 8 items require a system restart, while the other two may require a restart, depending on local conditions on patched PCs.
  • Of the 5 Windows bulletins, 3 of them involve Vista (Windows 2, 4, and 5); the IE patch also affects IE7 on Vista as well.

Looks like we’ve got some patching in our future. Stay tuned for details next Wednesday, April 15.

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