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
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.
Four of the bulletins were given the highest deployment priority rating of
"Thirteen bulletins make this the busiest February we've seen from
Microsoft, with only four last year and an average of 11 to 12 in the three
years prior," noted Sheldon Malm, senior director of security strategy at
"None of the operating systems escaped this month's updates. Even
the latest versions of Windows have been hit hard this month, with six
updates for Vista, eight for Server 2008, and five
for Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. I won't be surprised if Microsoft is
playing catch-up on some lingering vulnerabilities from last year."