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Microsoft Breaking Out the Bug Spray on Tuesday

Microsoft is going to keep IT admins busy next week with a long list of fixes rolling out on its monthly Patch Tuesday. Of the 13 planned patches, the software giant is deeming five "critical."

Microsoft warns that IT teams overseeing servers will need to be on "high alert" this month. eSecurity Planet takes an advance look at what's coming next week.


Tuesday promises to be a busy day for many IT administrators. That's because Microsoft has 13 patches planned for next week's monthly Patch Tuesday updates.

Five of the patches Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) rates as "critical," according to the company's advance notice sent out Thursday.

"Thirteen bulletins make this the busiest February we've seen from Microsoft, with only four last year and an average of 11 to 12 in the three years prior," Sheldon Malm, senior director of security strategy at security researcher Rapid7, said in an e-mail to InternetNews.com.

Microsoft typically releases most of its security patches on the second Tuesday of each month, which earned it the nickname Patch Tuesday. On the Thursday prior to the patch releases, the company provides advance warning to IT administrators so that they can plan for the additional workload installing the patches in their organizations often requires.

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Microsoft: Lots of Fixes Coming on Patch Tuesday