Microsoft Patch Tuesday for April

Microsoft's monthly release of security updates is this coming Tuesday, April 13, and is set to deliver 11 patches to address vulnurabilities in various bits of its software. Five of the patches are marked as critical, the highest severity rating by Microsoft, and another five as important.

All five of the critical fixes are for Windows, along with three of the important fixes and one moderate one. The rest of the patches affect Office or Exchange Server, and all of the updates apply to even the most recent versions of Microsoft's software and operating systems (for example, Windows 7, Office 2007, Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010).

This is a larger batch of patches than is usually released by Microsoft, and they are designed to fix remote code execution, elevation of privilege, denial of service and spoofing vulnerabilities.

The following software is affected:

  • Windows 2000 SP4
  • Windows XP SP2 & 3
  • Windows XP Professional (64-bit) SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 (32-bit and 64-bit, Itanium)
  • Windows Vista, SP1, SP2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008, SP2 (32-bit and 64-bit, Itanium)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit and Itanium-based systems)
  • Office XP
  • Office 2003
  • Office 2007
  • Exchange Server 2000
  • Exchange Server 2003
  • Exchange Server 2007
  • Exchange Server 2010

As usual, there will also be an updated version of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool released.

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I'd like to see a new roll up for 2000 actually I have a system that's super old and still uses 2000 here at work and when it needs a refresh 2000 can take a LOT of time up update.

ALOT of patches, wish they would release XP SP4 and office 2003 SP4 already, they have no plans for either but so many people use those pieces of software, so many updates have been released since then.

torrentthief said,
ALOT of patches, wish they would release XP SP4 and office 2003 SP4 already, they have no plans for either but so many people use those pieces of software, so many updates have been released since then.
at least a post sp3 rollup for xp. there's like 300mb worth of updates to download.

torrentthief said,
ALOT of patches, wish they would release XP SP4 and office 2003 SP4 already, they have no plans for either but so many people use those pieces of software, so many updates have been released since then.

XP is the most vulnerable OS you could be using in 2010. Looking forward to when they shut off the life support for this dinosaur.

Osirus23 said,

XP is the most vulnerable OS you could be using in 2010. Looking forward to when they shut off the life support for this dinosaur.

sooner the better

Osirus23 said,

XP ... 2010 ... Looking forward to when they shut off the life support for this dinosaur.

That's really not your call to make, now is it? And why are you so excited about the inevitable death of an OS you don't use? Dork.

Cat Fluid said,

That's really not your call to make, now is it? And why are you so excited about the inevitable death of an OS you don't use? Dork.

Because changeophobes like you are holding back progess by holding on to your security blanket XP. Same with people still clinging to IE6.

You can't compare using IE 6 with XP. While I do understand the reasons behind IE6 death I fail to see one for XP. I don't see much of a difference in Vista (uber fail) or Seven, except the 'bling bling' and other interesting stuff that could have been implemented in XP without too much fuss.

They want more money and the only way to make more is to sell more. Support doesn't give you much money.