October '11 Patch Tuesday: 8 Bulletins, 23 Vulnerabilities
Article by George Norman
On 11 Oct 2011
Today, October 11th, is the second Tuesday of the month, which means that Microsoft will roll out patches for its products as part of the Patch Tuesday program, just like it does every month on the second Tuesday of the month. As usual, the patches will be released at about 10 a.m. PDT.

This October the Redmond-based software giant will roll out 8 security bulletins that are meant to plug a grand total of 23 vulnerabilities. The aforementioned 23 vulnerabilities plague the Internet Explorer web browser, the Microsoft Windows Operating system, .NET Framework & Silverlight, Microsoft Forefront UAG, and Microsoft Host Integration Server.


Out of the 8 bulletins that will be released as part of the October 2011 Patch Tuesday program, two carry the “critical” raring and the remaining six carry the “important” rating. As a little reminder, Microsoft uses the “critical” rating when it deals with vulnerabilities whose exploitation could allow the propagation of an Internet worm without user action. The “important” rating is used when it deals with vulnerabilities whose exploitation could result in compromise of the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of users’ data, or of the integrity or availability of processing resources.

An advance notification for the October 2011 Patch Tuesday has been posted online here. Once Microsoft rolls out the 8 security bulletin to the public, it will be updated to include more details on the bulletins and the security holes it plugs. The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), the official corporate security response blog, will also be updated with visual representations of the October 2011 Patch Tuesday and additional details on the security bulletins. We will post the visual representations as soon as they’re released.

If your Windows operating system is set to automatically get the updates, you won’t have to do anything. Windows will automatically download and install the patches released as part of the October 2011 Patch Tuesday.

UPDATE: Here are the visual representations of the October 2011 Patch Tuesday the MSRC released.

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