Microsoft has announced it intends to launch seven patches in its first Patch Tuesday update of 2013 to address a number of issues across several major products.
The seven updates are based on two critical fixes and five important updates to address a total of 12 vulnerabilities. The critical issues are found on Microsoft Windows, Office, Developer Tools and Microsoft Server Software.
The important updates are found in Microsoft Windows, .NET Framework and Microsoft Server Software
Dustin Childs, the group manager for Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, said the firm would offer more insights on the risks and fixes when they're made available next week.
"We'll release the bulletins on the second Tuesday of the month, at approximately 10am PST. Revisit this blog then for our official risk and impact analysis, as well as deployment guidance and a brief video overview of the month's highlights," he wrote on a TechNet blog.
"Until then, we recommend customers review the ANS summary page for more information and prepare for bulletin testing and deployment as soon as possible to help ensure a smooth update process."
The updates come after a busy first week of 2013 for Microsoft on the security side. Firstly it had to rush out a fix for a zero-day flaw in some versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) browser, which attackers were using to deploy malware via compromised websites.
Then, alongside Google and Mozilla, it had to put out a fix to cover a security blunder by Turktrust, a Turkish certificate authority, that enabled attackers to create seemingly legitimate Google web pages, enabling the crooks to spy on the communications being exchanged.
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