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Microsoft to fix 64 vulnerabilities in bumper April Patch Tuesday
Microsoft announced on Thursday its bulletins for April 2011′s Patch Tuesday.
The software giant is planning to release 17 bulletins, nine of them rated Critical and eight rated Important, to address issues in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, .NET Framework and GDI+. The company says it will fix a massive 64 vulnerabilities across its most popular products. Microsoft refused to offer full details on all the patches but one critical bulletin will fix an SMB flaw in Windows XP. Microsoft is also planning a fix for the MHTML vulnerability in Windows, rated Important. The vulnerability, first reported in January, allows attackers to run scripts in the wrong security context. Microsoft recently warned of limited attacks against the vulnerability.
April’s bulletin is a noisy one compared to March’s. Microsoft issued a total of just three bulletins in March, one rated Critical and two Important, to address issues in Windows and Office.
Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday will commence on April 12 at 10AM PST.
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Eight critical bulletins affect Windows 7
Patch Tuesday focus: Big bunch of Windows kernel bugs?
Microsoft may address 'kernel pool' exploits revealed at Black Hat
By Gregg Keizer
April 8, 2011 02:20 PM ET
Computerworld - Microsoft's record-setting security update next week may patch a large number of vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel, researchers said today.
On Thursday, Microsoft announced that next week's monthly security update will feature a record-tying 17 bulletins that patch a record 64 vulnerabilities, 15 more than the previous largest-ever set in October 2010.
While Microsoft does not reveal much information about the upcoming updates in its advance notifications, the sheer number of critical bulletins that affect Windows -- nine altogether, more than half the total -- likely means that at least one affects the kernel, said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security.
"Although there's not enough to go on from the advance notification, I think one or more kernel patches is a pretty darn good possibility," said Storms. "They've had their problems with the kernel lately."
Of the nine critical Windows bulletins scheduled for next week, seven affect Windows XP, nine affect Vista and eight affect Windows 7.
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