The highlight of the seven bulletins predicted for Patch Tuesday in October is a critical update for Microsoft Word
It's the first Thursday of October. Do you know what happens on the first Thursday of each month? Microsoft
provides an advance notification of the security bulletins it plans to release on the second Tuesday of the month - more commonly known as Patch Tuesday.
Following an unusually light Patch Tuesday in September, Microsoft was forced to deal with the specter of a zero-day exploit being used in the wild to attack Internet Explorer
. Microsoft responded with an out-of-band patch reflecting the urgent nature of the threat.
IT admins will be a little busier in October. According to the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for October 2012
, Microsoft has a total of seven new security bulletins slated for release next week. Six of the seven are rates merely as Important, while the seventh - a patch for a flaw affecting all supported versions of Microsoft Word - is rated as Critical for Word 2010.