Take a look at this frequency graph from Secunia PSI: it charts the number of security updates that have been released in the past 6 months. When Microsoft dropped 18 items on my Windows 7 PCs on Tuesday, I figured this would be a big month for security updates, and the graph clearly shows my figuring was on the spot:
And sure enough, the latest Microsoft Security Bulletin (June 2011) lists 16 security updates plus other recurring entries: 9 critical (remote code execution) plus 7 important (information disclosure, remote code execution, elevation of privilege, and denial of service all appear) items make an appearance therein. At least 8 of the 9 critical items affect all modern versions of Windows desktop and server operating systems, so you’re going to want to dig into this latest security bulletin and fire up the test lab to start scheduling patch deployment sooner rather than later (for more info, see also Susan Bradley’s nice recent article on this latest Patch Tuesday, with some special emphasis on IE 9, in the Windows Secrets newsletter).
One thing’s for sure: the number of updates just spiked, and there’s some work to do in their wake. Roll up your sleeves, and get to it!