Microsoft is slated to deliver a "record-setting" fourteen security updates (opens in new tab) next week on Patch Tuesday, August 10. The updates will address thirty-four vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and Silverlight. Eight bulletins are rated as Critical while the other six have a listing as Important. Every version of Windows has at least one critical vulnerability that will be addressed in next week's mega-patch.
"For those who keep track of such things, this will be the most bulletins we have ever released in a month; we have released 13 bulletins on a couple of occasions," said Angela Gunn, Microsoft's Security Response Communications Manager. "However, in total CVE count, this release ties with June 2010, so there's no new record there."
Gunn added that Adrian Stone and Jerry Bryant will speak during a public webcast on Wednesday, August 11, and will go into detail about all the bulletins and answer questions live on the air. Interested consumers can register for the webcast by heading here (opens in new tab).
Out of the fourteen bulletins, twelve are for the Windows platform. Two are slated for Office, and Internet Explorer and Silverlight will each receive one update. "This is big, not only because of the numbers, but also because they'll affect everybody," said Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of security risk and compliance provider Qualys.
The oldest software affected by Patch Tuesday will be Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2. Other versions of Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows 2000 are no longer supported.