Microsoft to release two critical and six important security updates May 13

Last week, Microsoft released an out-of-schedule security update for all supported versions of Internet Explorer, including one for Windows XP. Next week, the regularly scheduled monthly patches for Microsoft's products will resume with a total of eight security updates.

Microsoft has released a summary of what it will release on Tuesday, May 13th, otherwise known as "Patch Tuesday." Six of the updates are labeled by the company as "Important" and the other two have been determined to be "Critical" patches. 

As usual, Microsoft did not offer any specific details of what will be fixed in these updates, in order not to give hackers a heads up on their plans before the patches are released. We do know that one of the critical updates also involves an issue with all versions of IE and will required a restart of the PC when installed. The other patch is for Microsoft SharePoint Server and Office Web Apps. Both critical updates are meant to fix a remote code execution issue.

This will be the first Patch Tuesday that does not have anything for Windows XP. Microsoft officially stopped public support for the 12-year old OS in April, but the company made a quick exception with last week's IE patch.

May 13th may also be the date that Microsoft releases new firmware for its Surface tablets. The company took a month off in April to concentrate on getting the Windows 8.1 update out to consumers.

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When you exclude the .NET Framework one (It doesn't ship with XP), it's 2 updates that XP wont get...or will it? Win2K3 ~ XP and POS2009 = XP. :sneaky:

The only one that could hack an XP box remotely has to have a numbskull browsing the web using Internet Explorer.

You'd figure that with all the recent mass hysteria on the web, that May would produce something more serious. Instead it's a whimper.

Use Chrome people! It is sandboxed and if you do not click on anything and run as a standard user you will be much more secure.

IE has too much stuff written in the kernel to ever be safe.

One of the silliest suggestions ever. The day that Chrome is more secure than IE is the day the internet comes to an end! Absolutely despise suggestions like that! That thing has at least 1 security issue a day. Why do you think it's up to version 30 something already when it's one of the newest browsers out there (of the major browsers, that is) :x

sinetheo said,
Use Chrome people! It is sandboxed and if you do not click on anything and run as a standard user you will be much more secure.

IE has too much stuff written in the kernel to ever be safe.

You haven't checked the PWN2OWN results I presume?? LOL!!!

Dot Matrix said,
A guy at work is upset, he thought Microsoft was extending support for XP again...

Why is he upset over that. I've been telling customers XP updates will stop.. But does this upset me.. Nope