Two 'critical,' three 'important' Microsoft security patches coming Tuesday

In January, Microsoft didn't release any software security patches that it labeled as "critical" during its monthly "Patch Tuesday" event, but this month the company has announced that it will release two security updates with the "critical" branding on Tuesday, Feb. 11, along with three others that have been deemed "important."

Of the two "critical" patches, Microsoft's summary page says that one of them affects Windows 7, Server 2008 R2, 8/8.1, Server 2012/2012 R2 and RT/RT 8.1. The other "critical" update is just for one program, Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server. The three "important" updates are for all currently supported versions of Windows, including Windows XP. As we have reported extensively, Microsoft plans to cut off all software updates to XP on April 8. As usual, Microsoft does not offer any details of what these patches are designed to fix in these early summary reports, in order not to tip off hackers ahead of time.

In addition to these patches, Microsoft has already announced that it will release an automatic software update for its Xbox One console on Feb. 11, which will add a few new features, such as a storage management system. It's also expected that the company will release new firmware updates on that same day for one or more of its Surface tablets.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Lenovo

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"Aah... a month with no Microsoft security patches. We have a secure OS at long last."

Sorry. Just daydreaming. Back to reality.


COKid said,
"Aah... a month with no Microsoft security patches. We have a secure OS at long last."

Sorry. Just daydreaming. Back to reality.


Here you go CVE-1999-1412 DoS 1999-06-03(reported) 2008-09-05(fixed by Apple) 10.0(threat level 10 is the highest)" Took them 10 years to fix one security vulnerability with the highest threat level, the super safe Mac OS.

Wall-swe said,

Here you go CVE-1999-1412 DoS 1999-06-03(reported) 2008-09-05(fixed by Apple) 10.0(threat level 10 is the highest)" Took them 10 years to fix one security vulnerability with the highest threat level, the super safe Mac OS.


That's quite sad, really.
I'm often surprised that we still have to wait quite same time (until next patch Tuesday) for some security and stability patches.
Something that still hasn't been solved for me is that ever since I made a fresh install of Windows 8.1, the system hangs at the Windows logo when I'm cold booting.
A reset works and it boots every time. S3 sleep mode works flawlessly and that's what I use so I don't have to worry about the freezing.
But I'm glad to see that Microsoft is relatively fast to patch things safe and sound.

Radium said,

Something that still hasn't been solved for me is that ever since I made a fresh install of Windows 8.1, the system hangs at the Windows logo when I'm cold booting.
A reset works and it boots every time. S3 sleep mode works flawlessly and that's what I use so I don't have to worry about the freezing.
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What CPU do you have? I read and witnessed an issue on some Intel based configurations that was linked to the C1 state of the CPU. Disabling it usually solved the issue. Give it a try.

Another month with no IE security update. I think it is due to Win8.1 Update 1 (notice it ships with IE 11.0.3 while the December update is 11.0.2).

Lamp0 said,
hope we get a new UI or at least new icons.
I'm all for that, but only if there's a magic unicorn ride included.