Next "Patch Tuesday" to include 4 Critical Patches

For this month's "Patch Tuesday" (September 9th) Microsoft is planning to release 4 critical updates. Being rated "critical" means that the flaws allow remote code execution and is the highest rating Microsoft gives.

The first 2 patch fixes vulnerabilities in Windows Media Player and Encoder.

The third patch covers windows, Internet Explorer, Net. Framework, Office, SQL Server and Visual Studio

The fourth and final patch covers vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office.

September is a quieter month for Microsoft. In contrast August saw 11 patches being issued.

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Dang, just once I'd like to see one of these critical patches 'dramatically improve windows performance and boot time.' Oh well...maybe next month.

(excalpius said @ #8.1)
Get out of the 20th century. The rest of us have very fast machines running really well thank you.

Get with the 21st century. Everyone wants better performance no matter what hardware you currently own. And you are welcome.

they really need to fix the DNS flaw patch. Uses 5000 or more system handles to hold ports open so they can't be spoofed, thats a crappy fix.

You can't compare months of fixes by how many patches are issued. This post mentions one patch that covers issues in 6 products, and who knows how many issues.

Who is comparing?

The fact that the upcoming patch contains several "critical" level patches means that it is good to get the word out and make sure people update.

Don't you?

Im just wondering if this really is front page news every month?

And realistically looking at "flaws fixed" is about the worst take on security... as to improve your statistics you dont have to do anything.

More interesting information would be:

1. critical vunerabilities unpatched at the start of the month
2. critical vunerabilities discovered in that month
3. critical vunerabilities fixed.

I really appreciate the transparency of Microsoft when it comes to security, not to mention their response time to address them. Can't get that from Apple, who even tries to hide their security flaws.

I would call Microsoft more "translucent" than transparent. But, yeah, I think they are much more up-front than Apple on stuff like this.