9 Critical/Important Windows Security Updates for July 2012


On the latest patch Tuesday of the month, which is today, Microsoft released total 9 security patches, 3 in critical-class and 6 important, covering 16 issues in Windows operating system, Internet Explorer, VBA, and Microsoft Office. The risk and impact graph chart below provides an aggregate view of the month’s severity and exploitability index.

Security Bulletin impact chart July 2012

Microsoft suggested that customers should plan to install all of these updates as soon as possible. But for those who prefer a graduate deployment, check the following priority guidance to help you with better planning the implementation.

Security Bulletin Deployment priority Guideline July 2012

For those who don’t have Windows Update scheduled for automatic update, you should manually manually launch Windows Update to keep your system up-to-date with less known vulnerabilities.

Bulletin Summery

MS12-043 – Critical – Vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2722479)

MS12-044 – Critical – Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2719177)

MS12-045 – Critical – Vulnerability in Microsoft Data Access Components Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2698365)

MS12-046 – Important – Vulnerability in Visual Basic for Applications Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2707960)

MS12-047 – Important – Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2718523)

MS12-048 – Important – Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2691442)

MS12-049 – Important – Vulnerability in TLS Could Allow Information Disclosure (2655992)

MS12-050 – Important – Vulnerabilities in SharePoint Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2695502)

MS12-051 – Important – Vulnerability in Microsoft Office for Mac Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2721015)

You can find more technical details about these updates here. Or, you can download an Excel Spreadsheet that contains detailed information for bulletins from 1998 to the present, including information like affected components, bulletin replacement, reboot requirements, etc.


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