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January Patch Tuesday includes important Office, Windows fixes

Microsoft may have ended its 2013 Patch Tuesday cycle with a bang, but it’s starting the 2014 cycle with a whimper.

In the company’s advance security notification for the first Patch Tuesday of the year, there are no critical bulletins. The four important bulletins will address remote code execution, elevation of privilege and denial of service vulnerabilities. The security updates will affect multiple versions of Microsoft Office and Windows as well as Microsoft Dynamics AX.

The light month of security updates is a sharp turn from the 2013 trend of high bulletin counts and high-profile critical fixes. The final Patch Tuesday of 2013, which brought the yearly total up to 106 bulletins, provided security updates that made multiple appearances throughout the year, including Internet Explorer and Oracle’s Outside In library.

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