Microsoft to release several critical Windows security patches Tuesday

Microsoft's regular monthly "Patch Tuesday" event is coming up on December 10th and this week the company has released word that all of its Windows operating systems will be getting several critical security updates as part of their patch plans.

The summary page that went live on Tuesday reveals that there will be 11 security patches released for various Microsoft products on Tuesday. Five have been labeled as "critical" and the other six are considered to be "important" updates. The five critical security patches include three that will be released for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 and Windows RT.

Windows Vista will actually be getting four critical security updates on Tuesday. The extra patch is to close an exploit that was first discovered in November. Microsoft has already announced it won't release a patch yet for a Windows XP security hole that was first discovered last week. The fifth critical security bulletin is designed to fix an issue in Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Windows XP gets three critical and two important security patches on Tuesday, less than four months before Microsoft pulls the plug in terms of supporting the 12 year old OS on April 8th.

Source: Microsoft

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Will they fix the problems inherent with trying to install IE11 and the .NET Framework 4.5.1 update on Windows-7 64-bit machines?? The forums are full of people having problems with these installations.

TsarNikky said,
Will they fix the problems inherent with trying to install IE11 and the .NET Framework 4.5.1 update on Windows-7 64-bit machines?? The forums are full of people having problems with these installations.

That is one such reason why i am holding off on those 2 updates. Give them time to mature, sides i don't need em yet.

soldier1st said,

That is one such reason why i am holding off on those 2 updates. Give them time to mature, sides i don't need em yet.

Defintely 1 reason here also.

I DESPISE that crapware .Net and it's update junk anyway and see absolutely no reason for it, on any of my systems. The only thing I use that even remotely requires it is CDBurnerXP and even at that, it still works perfectly with .Net disabled, so still don't see any real need for it?

Will be a good test of my just deployed Windows Server 2012 R2 WSUS server! Fairly painless migration off my old WSUS server, and a lot easier now it's just a role to install.

COKid said,
John, you can simply use this article title every single month.

They could write a script to publish this article every month automatically.

Hopefully they'll include some non-security fixes for IE11. It is not as stable as IE10, on windows 7.
Although, it could be a case of incompatible websites and lazy developers. We'll see.

Devmer11 said,
I have learned it's lazy developers I love IE11 but some websites just don't like to work like YouTube

I did have YouTube related freezes/crashes at first, but 2-3 days later they stopped and it started working again. I guess they changed something on their side.

Are you saying you're still having issues?!

eddman said,
Hopefully they'll include some non-security fixes for IE11. It is not as stable as IE10, on windows 7.
Although, it could be a case of incompatible websites and lazy developers. We'll see.

didn't notice any stability issue here with ie11/win8.1

make sure all the addons you don't need are disabled (tools, addons management).

also, some antiviruses may be buggy and cause IE crashes.

I remember when IE8 was released, IE8 64bit would crash very frequently. Turns out the crashes were caused by Kaspersky AV. Apparently kaspersky injects code on the fly to iexplore.exe, which can leads to stability issues. Many other antiviruses do the same and are likely to degrade IE's stability (perhaps even other browsers as well).

now I use only Microsoft security essentials, so I'm sure the antivirus won't mess with IE or Windows' stability.