Microsoft's next Patch Tuesday to include two critical IE10 updates

Microsoft holds its "Patch Tuesday" event every second Tuesday of the month, where the company releases a number of software updates for various products. On the Thursday before Patch Tuesday, Microsoft releases a brief summary of the security updates it plans to release on that day.

Today is Thursday and, right on time, Microsoft has indeed released its advanced security bulletin for the next Patch Tuesday, which will happen on February 12th. There will be 12 total security updates launched on that day and five of them are labeled as critical. They will fix a whopping 57 separate vulnerabilities.

Two of the critical update bulletins will affect Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 and RT. Those same two bulletins are also for IE 6-9 and are either labeled as  "critical" or "important" depending on the operating system. Windows XP will get two more critical updates of its own for the next Patch Tuesday and Windows Vista will receive a separate critical update as well.

While Windows 7, 8 and RT will all receive security updates on their own for Patch Tuesday, none of them are considered critical. Windows 7 will have five "Important" updates to download, while Windows 8 will have four such downloads and Windows RT will receive three "important" updates.

As usual, Microsoft has not gone into detail on the specifics behind these updates so as to not alert hackers beforehand but will release that information after the patches are launched on Tuesday.

Source: Microsoft

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There is also a security update for Flash Player that has been released today (with an update for the version of Flash Player bundled with ie10/win8)

Co-ords said,
Still quite ridiculous that IE10 is still not ready for Win7!
It will probably been launch this patch tuesday, together with IE 9.0.13 and IE 10.0.2.

Will have to agree with NAS, in addition to abandoning a product on windows, no longer updating there core apps (Safari, iTunes, etc) on older OS X as well. Apple support is typically, current, and minus one version. But there a new version coming out every year.

Co-ords said,
Still quite ridiculous that IE10 is still not ready for Win7!

it seems IE10 for win7 is late because of some improvements in Direct2D in win8 that needed to be backported to win7. That's what a MS employee told me.

but I think the real reason is that MS wants a new version of IE every two years, and IE10 for win8 was finished only 1.5year after the release of ie9.
They have probably slowed down the development of the win7 version in order to hit their target date (around march 2013) for release

link8506 said,

it seems IE10 for win7 is late because of some improvements in Direct2D in win8 that needed to be backported to win7. That's what a MS employee told me.

but I think the real reason is that MS wants a new version of IE every two years, and IE10 for win8 was finished only 1.5year after the release of ie9.
They have probably slowed down the development of the win7 version in order to hit their target date (around march 2013) for release

Just foolish given how quickly Chrome and Firefox are updated.

wotsit said,

Just foolish given how quickly Chrome and Firefox are updated.

and yet they still don't match IE9 on graphic performance, or IE10 on touch support or security.

and both Firefox and chrome feel pretty slow compared to IE10 on power efficient platforms like the Atom Clover Trail.

so, faster release pace doesn't mean better product.
and if you ask business, it's actually worst since no browser is close to being supported as long as each version of IE (10years).

syobon999 said,
considering they won't launch a service pack 2 to Windows 7, i would be surprised if a IE10 is release after all.

it will be released.
each new version of IE is released for Windows OSes that are still in their mainstream support.
so IE11 could be released for win7 too, if IE11 is released before January 2015.