Check out the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for August 2010: according to Ars Technica (and my own imperfect memory) this coming Patch Tuesday (8/10/2010) will be the biggest ever. There are 14 security updates involved, 8 of which are critical, 6 of which are important. Seven will require a restart, and seven more “may require restart” according to Microsoft. Ten will address remote code execution, and four elevation of privilege. 10 updates affect XP, 7 Windows Server 2003, 13 Windows Vista, 11 Windows Server 2008, 12 Windows 7, and 11 Windows Server 2008 R2. Only two of the updates relate to MS Office implementations, and one (critical) item affects Microsoft Silverlight 2 and 3. Any way you slice it, this is going to be a whopper of an update collection!
If history is any guide, these updates will go live around mid-day (10 AM to noon, PDT/UCT -08:00) and then there’s going to be a furious spate of downloads. When more details become available, I’ll follow up with a profile of what’s going on. For those not already in the know, however, the Windows Shell Vulnerability has already been addressed by an out-of-band update released last week, so it will not be among the items that go live on Tuesday.