Get Ready for Big Windows Updates for 2012 on January 10th

Windows Updates for 2012

Microsoft said it would deliver seven security updates this week — tying the record for January — to patch eight vulnerabilities in Windows and its developer tools.

One of the seven windows updates for 2012 was tagged “critical,” the highest threat ranking in Microsoft’s four-step system, which is to fix a remote code execution issue in Media Player.  The others were marked “important,” the second-highest rating, even though some of them could conceivably be exploited by attackers to plant malware on users’ PCs.

Microsoft declined to confirm that the January 10th windows updates for 2012 will include a patch pulled at the last minute a month ago.  Given how some of the updates may require a system restart, don’t be surprised if your computer has re-booted if you have automatic windows updates turned on.

January 2012 promises to be a busy month for software patching so be on the lookout for updates from Adobe on January 10 with fixes for gaping holes in the Reader X and Acrobat X software products and Oracle Critical Patch Updates, which are the primary means of releasing security fixes for Oracle products to customers with valid support contracts, on January 17th.

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