Microsoft Plans Massive Patch Tuesday Security Update
Microsoft is planning to fix 26 vulnerabilities for February's Patch Tuesday. Most of the vulnerabilities are related to Windows.Microsoft is planning to release 13 security bulletins Feb. 9 as part of this month's Patch Tuesday. Five of the 13 bulletins are rated critical, seven are rated important and one is rated moderate. All but two of the bulletins address security issues in Windows, with the other two dealing with issues in Microsoft Office. All told, the updates address 26 vulnerabilities.
Exact details for most of the bugs were not made public. However, Microsoft said it plans to patch an escalation-of-privilege issue in the Windows kernel that it warned users about in January. Among the vulnerabilities not being addressed this month are an Internet Explorer bug the company issued an advisory about on Feb. 3 and a vulnerability in the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol Microsoft is still working to address.