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Microsoft Plans Big End Of Year Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is planning to release a massive bundle of security patches on the upcoming Patch Tuesday update release next week.

The company will be releasing 17 security bulletins covering 40 software vulnerabilities discovered in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Windows, Exchange and SharePoint.

According to the Microsoft Security Response Center blog, two of the 17 bulletins are rated 'Critical', addressing vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution, 14 are rated as "Important" and one is rated "Moderate". Eight of the 17 bulletins require a restart.

“At the end of the day, Microsoft's primary focus is to release reliable, high-quality updates to our customers. Feedback from customers indicate that this is the most important factor in minimising disruption and allowing them to deploy our updates quickly,” Microsoft's Mike Reavey said in a statement.

Microsoft has released a total of 106 security bulletins this year, which is an increase on its 2009 bulletin releases.