Today the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the February security updates. On Tuesday, February 8, Microsoft will release 12 bulletins.  Three of the bulletins are rated Critical and nine of them are rated Important.

They will address issues in:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office
  • Visual Studio
  • IIS

The Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification Service offers details about security updates approximately three business days before they are released. We do this to allow customers (especially IT professionals) to plan for effective deployment of security updates.

Advanced Notification includes information about:

  • The number of new security updates being released
  • The software affected
  • Severity levels of vulnerabilities
  • Information about any detection tools relevant to the updates

For more information about the security updates that will be released on February 8, see Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for February 2011.

For official risk and impact analysis, as well as deployment guidance, visit the MSRC blog.