The Windows Server Notebook

Oct 4 2012   7:19PM GMT

October brings one critical, six important fixes for Patch Tuesday

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

Halloween entails kids trick-or-treating for candy, but administrators will get some treats from Microsoft in this month’s Patch Tuesday to avoid potentially harmful tricks.

According to an advance security bulletin released this week, October’s Patch Tuesday includes seven bulletins to address vulnerabilities. Admins running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have two important bulletins to watch out for. Those bulletins also affect Windows client versions.

The other four bulletins are marked at “important” for elevation of privilege, remote code execution and denial of service vulnerabilities. Other affected software in these bulletins include SharePoint, Lync and SQL Server.

The lone “critical” bulletin of the month addresses remote code execution vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The patches in the bulletin are for Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 and SP3, as well as Microsoft Office 2010 SP1.

Internet Explorer is a notable absence for the second month in a row; the company released a fix last month for security problems that plagued the browser.

This month’s Patch Tuesday is a significant increase from September, which had the lowest bulletin count of the year.

What do you think of this month’s patches? Let us know in the comments on this post, or on Twitter @SearchWinServ.

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