Advance notice of patches to be released on April 8

Microsoft has just provided their advance notice of the patches that will be released on Tuesday, April 8.  The information is available at –  There are four patches scheduled to be released, two of which are designated as CRITICAL.  Critical bulletins are identified as bulletin #1 and #2.

Bulletin #1 concerns the zero-day vulnerability originally identified on March 24, for all versions of Word (2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013). Also affected by bulletin #1 are multiple other platforms where Microsoft provides Word functionality; such as Office for Mac 2011, Microsoft Word Viewer, Office Compatibility pack, Word Automation services on Sharepoint 2010 (sp1 and sp2), Word Automation Services on Sharepoint 2013, Office Web apps 2010 (sp1 and sp2) and Office Web apps 2013.


Bulletin #2 concerns vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer versions 6-11 for all current versions of workstation operating systems.   As is normally the case, the vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer are NOT assigned a critical security designation for Server operating systems.  The highest security designation for the Internet Explorer vulnerabilities on server operating systems is MODERATE.



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