Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Patch Tuesday February 2011

If you were wondering if you could sneak in a bit of skiing in Chamonix next week instead of manning the IT support desk, you may want to think again.

Last year (2010) Microsoft released 17 security bulletins in December that affected 40 vulnerabilities across Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, SharePoint and Exchange. January was very quiet with 2 updates.

I have my suspicions that Microsoft's Security Release cycle is roughly 30 days long as you can quite often work your way back from a high-profile "Security" event and then see a subsequent Security update from Microsoft - 30 days later. Or, a simple thing like the Christmas holidays may cause a drop in updates released in January.

So, building up from this thinking, January was a busy month on the US-CERT Security updates website (found here: which may cause a sharp rise in related Microsoft updates for February.

Here is small snippet of some of the recent posting that we may need to focus on;

From the look of these updates, I think that we are going to have a hefty February update with circa 8-10 Security updates from Microsoft.

I will keep you posted on our progress as the ChangeBase AOK team works through the Advance Security notification information

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