Microsoft: Just 4 January patches, none critical

Summary:[UPDATED] Next Tuesday Microsoft will release 4 updates to Microsoft Office, Windows and Dynamics. None are rated critical.

Microsoft has released the advance notification for their January Patch Tuesday updates. In an unusual, but not unprecedented development, none are rated critical. There are also only 4 updates to be released.

Bulletin 1 affects all supported versions of Microsoft Word and the Word Viewers. Bulletin 2 affects only Windows XP SP3 and Windows Server 2003 SP2. [UPDATE: Bulletin 2 addresses a vulnerability which had, in November, been reported as being exploited in the wild.]

Bulletin 3 affects Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Bulletin 4 affects all supported versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX.

This will be the first month since September 2011 that Microsoft has released no critical updates in a Patch Tuesday cycle, and the first since September 2012 that they have released 4 or fewer updates.

As usual, Microsoft will also release a new version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool and potentially non-security updates to products.

Topics: Security, Microsoft


Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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