Windows 8 and IE10 to each get critical updates next week

As they always do around this time every month, Microsoft has now given some advanced hints about software updates it plans to release via its monthly "Patch Tuesday" event. For December, it will occur on December 11th.

Microsoft issued its alert to the upcoming patches on its Security Bulletin page today. There will be a total of seven separate updates released by the company on Tuesday. Three of the updates will be for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, with two described as "critical" and the other as "important". One of the two critical updates is centered around the Internet Explorer 10 web browser.

Two of the updates will be for Windows RT and both of the patches are labled "critical", and again one relates to the Windows RT version of IE10.

As usual, the specific details about what is being fixed in these updates won't be revealed until the patches themselves are available for download in order to not give hacker groups an advanced heads-up. It's likely that we will also see an update for Adobe's Flash Player on Tuesday as well. Last month, it was revealed that Adobe has changed its patches for Flash so they can be released at the same time as Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday".

Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin page

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