Microsoft has released updates to address security flaws in Visual Studio and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).
The non-critical updates fix universal cross site scripting (XSS) issues found in the two platforms. Some analysts are saying the relatively light release could be foreshadowing major patches for next month.
Microsoft's September patches won't be very intrusive for IT administrators. The latest updates won't affect Microsoft's operating system (OS) or Office suite. The patches will also not require a reboot.
"To the delight of IT pros everywhere Microsoft has given us the least disruptive Patch Tuesday we've seen in a long time," Lumension security and forensic analyst Paul Henry said.
Patch MS12-061 deals with a XSS vulnerability in the Visual Server add-on component Team Foundation Sever. Microsoft's other patch, MS21-062, relates to another XSS issue found in SCCM deployment servers. Both patches are rated important by Microsoft.
Some analysts are calling the tiny patch package a precursor to a massive Patch Tuesday next month.
"It's surprising there are only two bulletins in this month's patch because there's definitely a backlog of old bugs in addition to the new ones we already know about. For example, MS-CHAP was discussed at Black Hat this year," nCircle director of security operations Andrew Storm said.
"This does make you wonder what Microsoft has planned for the October patch. Did Microsoft choose to deliver an extremely small patch this month because they have a monster patch in final testing for next month?"
Microsoft is expected to release an update next month that will change how Windows handles RSA encryption keys. The patch would disable the use of certificates with encryptions smaller than 1024 bits.
The update has been available since August, but starting in October Microsoft will make the patch mandatory. Microsoft's encryption move will come just weeks ahead of the company's release of the Windows 8 OS.
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