Microsoft: Just 4 January patches, none critical

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.

TOPICS: Security, Microsoft

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

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  • Where is my Surface 2 Pro firmware patch?

    I thought MS was working on this over the holidays.
    • If it comes out this month

      They'd release it on patch Tuesday, like they do with every other firmware update to their Surface line.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • Looks like it's not coming

      Microsoft lists non-security patches at They just released the details there for next Tuesday and I see nothing about Surface or firmware. Sorry. I'll be writing up the details soon
  • i guess the hackers took a holiday month :-)

  • Slow Christmas for programmers...

    ..thinking Microsoft gave some vacation time to more developers than usual over the Christmas holidays this year. Looking forward to the 70+ updates that are no doubt going to come down the pipe in February.