Patch Tuesday is almost here, we’re already coming off a rocky start to 2013. Next week Microsoft’s planning on sending out a tough love valentine with 12 security bulletins.
The dirty dozen affects a wide range of operating system versions and includes Exchange Server, a critical business application. Over the past few months, we’ve seen Microsoft release a number of bug fixes for Oracle’s Outside In, technology used by Exchange Server, but these bugs haven’t posed severe threats. Exchange server bugs make a lot of people nervous-- let’s hope this month’s Exchange patch is as dull as ditch water.
Internet Explorer patches are always a top priority and this month we’re going to get two IE bulletins. That’s unusual because generally, when Microsoft patches Internet Explorer, the patch is delivered as a single bulletin. The planned delivery of two separate IE bulletins has my ‘Spidey’ senses on alert. I’m sure other IT security teams are wondering exactly what kind of IE valentine Microsoft has planned for us.