(LiveHacking.Com) – Microsoft has released its advance notification of the security bulletins it will issue for February’s patch Tuesday. There will be nine bulletins, addressing 21 vulnerabilities, with severity ratings of critical and important for Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Server Software, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft .NET Framework.
Seven of the nine bulletins cover remote code execution vulnerabilities while the other two are elevation of privilege vulnerabilities. As is often the case with these bulletins all support versions of Windows are affected including XP, Vista and Windows 7 as well as Windows Server 2003 & 2008. The exceptions to this are bulletin 2 (which only affects Vista onwards) and bulletin 7 which only affects Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
The Internet Explorer remote code execution vulnerability is rated Critical and should be considered a mandatory update for all IE users. Affected versions include IE 6, IE 7, IE 8 and IE 9.
Patch Tuesday is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, 2012.