Microsoft Planning Massive Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has announced that it is planning a massive Patch Tuesday release scheduled for next week.

The release willl comprise of 14 security bulletins covering 34 vulnerabilities in Microsoft software such as Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, SQL and Silverlight.

According a post on the official Microsoft Security Response Center blog, eight of the security bulletins have been rated critical by the company while six have rated as "important".

“This will be the most bulletins we have ever released in a month; we have released 13 bulletins on a couple of occasions.”Angela Gunn, a member of the MSRC team, wrote on the blog.

She also added: “However, in total CVE [common vulnerabilities and exposures] count, this release ties with June 2010, so there's no new record there.”

The products being covered by Patch Tuesday release are Windows 7, both client and server versions, Windows Vista and Windows XP SP3. Internet Explorer, Office and versions of Silverlight are also getting patched.

Some of the vulnerabilities affecting Windows XP SP3 might also be found in SP2, which has been discontinued by the company.

Users are being advised to a latest version of Windows OS as soon as possible.