July '10 Patch Tuesday: 4 Bulletins, 5 Vulnerabilities
Article by George Norman
On 09 Jul 2010
UPDATE July 14: Details on the 4 security bulletins mentioned below are available here.

Each second Tuesday of the month Redmond-based software developer Microsoft releases updates and patches for its products, as you may already know. Last month for example Microsoft rolled out 10 bulletins that addressed a grand total of 43 vulnerabilities (see details here). This month the company announced it would be rolling out 4 security bulletins that plug a total of 5 vulnerabilities.


Out of the 4 security bulletins Microsoft will roll out on Tuesday, 2 affect the Windows operating system and the other 2 affect the Microsoft Office productivity suite. Out of the 2 bulletins that affect Windows, one has received the maximum severity rating – critical. The other bulletin has been rated as important.

Both security bulletins that affect the Office productivity suite have been rated as critical – again, this is the maximum severity rating Microsoft uses.

An advance notification for the July security bulletin release has been posted online by Microsoft here. Check it out for additional information on this month’s Patch Tuesday.

“We’re releasing our advance notification for the July security bulletin release, which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13. This month's release includes four bulletins addressing five vulnerabilities. As always, we recommend that customers review the ANS summary page for more information and prepare for the testing and deployment of these bulletins as soon as possible,” commented Senior Security Communications Manager Lead with the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center), Jerry Bryant.

Jerry Bryant also pointed out that as of this month, the month of July, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2). If you’re currently on Windows 2000, this would be a good time to think about changing to another Windows version. If you’re on XP SP2, there’s a simple fix – you can get SP3.

“Customers should actively seek out either a supported operating system or the latest service pack in order to keep receiving necessary security updates,” explained Bryant.

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