The Windows Server Notebook

Dec 4 2014   6:57PM GMT

Critical updates for Windows, Office, IE in December Patch Tuesday

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

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After November’s monstrous Patch Tuesday cycle, Microsoft’s holiday gift to admins will be fewer updates to implement this time around.

In its advance security notification, Microsoft provided details about the seven bulletins for the last Patch Tuesday cycle of the year. Three bulletins are marked as critical and four are marked as important.

All three critical bulletins address remote code execution vulnerabilities. The updates will affect multiple versions of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer.

The important bulletins address elevation of privilege, information disclosure and remote code execution vulnerabilities. The updates will affect multiple versions of Exchange, Office and Windows.

Last month was the largest Patch Tuesday cycle of the year with 14 security updates, but two updates were pulled at the last minute. Microsoft rolled out one of the delayed updates the week after Patch Tuesday. The other delayed update, which affected Exchange, appears with this month’s round of updates.

What do you think of the latest Patch Tuesday security updates? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

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