The second Tuesday of every month is when Microsoft releases its batches of patches. That way IT only has to spend one day rolling out all the fixes, rather than randomly going around repairing and plugging machines whenever Microsoft wants to release a fix.
Some Patch Tuesdays are light. Next Tuesday will be a doozy.
No less than 17 patches will be pitched IT's way, with eight of them being labeled 'critical.' I know you are tired of me saying it, but remote code execution (RCE) flaws are the key culprit.
IE 6 through 8 have long been plagued by a major flaw which is finally fixed this cycle while Windows itself gets eight fixes that focus on RCE.
Microsoft is taking all the blame. The company says many of these fixes are due to holes in key third-party products. More on this hopefully next week when the patches are released.
Posted by Doug Barney on 04/08/2011 at 1:18 PM