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Microsoft to Release 13 Patches for August Patch Tuesday

Microsoft announced today that it would be releasing 13 security updates next week for the August Patch Tuesday which fixes 22 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Windows, Visio, and Visual Studio.

Of the 13 patches, only two were rated ‘critical’ this month by Microsoft. 9 of the patches were rated ‘important’ and the rest were rated ‘moderate.’

Both of the critical vulnerabilities that are slated for fixing apparently allows for remote code execution in Windows 7, Vista, XP, Windows Server 2003, and Server 2008. The same vulnerability also affects Internet Explorer 6 to 9.

The rest of the patches will close security holes that would allow for denial-of-service attacks on Windows and a majority of these patches will require a restart.

“Twenty-two [vulnerabilities] is not a big month, it’s more in the medium range, what with the larger numbers we’ve seen so far in 2011. Overall, it’s what we could have expected, although as an ‘up’ month, the number [of vulnerabilities] isn’t up to the usual. The number [of flaws] each month is increasing. A new baseline is being drawn this year.” said Andrew Storms, Director of Security Operations at nCircle Security.

The 13 patches will be released at approximately 1PM ET on August 9th.

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