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Critical fixes for IE, Windows in May Patch Tuesday updates

If admins were planning on a light month of security updates from Microsoft, they’ll have to plan on spending more time to implement them.

In its advance security notification, Microsoft said it would release eight security updates in the latest Patch Tuesday cycle. Two of the bulletins are marked as critical and six are marked as important.

Both critical bulletins will address remote code vulnerabilities. Multiple versions of Internet Explorer and Windows will be affected, as will multiple versions of SharePoint and Office Web Apps servers and other productivity software.

The important bulletins will address remote code execution, elevation of privilege, denial of service and security feature bypass vulnerabilities. Multiple versions of Office and Windows will be affected.

Microsoft has already released an out-of-band security update this month for a critical remote code execution vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer. Many were surprised by the company’s decision to include Windows XP in the update because the company said it would stop supporting it in April this year.

Microsoft has also gone against last year’s trend of releasing a large number of security updates each Patch Tuesday. At this point in 2013, Microsoft had already released 46 security bulletins. This month’s bulletins bring the 2014 total up to 28.

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

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