The release won't be quite as demanding as some recent Patch Tuesday drops, however, since only two of the 13 patches rate a "critical" ranking on Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) four-tier severity scale. Critically-rated patches are typically of a more demanding nature.
Still, despite the fact that many of the patches are ranked "important," a step down from critical, they still consume security administrators' time and resources, especially ones that require a reboot after installation.
"Microsoft is making IT admins earn their Labor Day holiday with 13 bulletins across a broad range of Microsoft OS platforms, Office and developer tools this month," Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst for security vendor Lumension, said in an email to InternetNews.com. [Editor's Note: The original version of this article published on August 5 wrongly stated Paul Henry worked for Qualys instead of Lumension.]
Microsoft has had a number of jam-packed, record or near-record, Patch Tuesday events in recent months, that have had enterprise security administrators working nights and overtime to keep up.
Those, however, have been interspersed with Patch Tuesdays (so-called because Microsoft releases almost all of its security fixes on the second Tuesday of each month) where there have been few high-profile patches.
Microsoft will release its August 2011 security bulletins and patches on Tuesday, August 9.