Two 'critical' bulletins planned for April 2013 Patch Tuesday

Brandan Blevins, Assistant Site Editor

Microsoft's April 2013 Patch Tuesday release will include nine bulletins -- two of them rated 'critical' and the rest deemed 'important' -- affecting Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software and Microsoft Security Software, the software giant announced Thursday.

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Bulletin 1, rated critical, addresses remote code execution vulnerabilities present in Internet Explorer (IE) 10 on Windows 8, IE 8 and 9 for Windows 7, IE 7 and 8 on Windows Vista and IE 6, 7 and 8 on Windows XP. It will require a restart.

Bulletin 2, also deemed critical, addresses remote code execution vulnerabilities in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, though notably not Windows 8. It may require a restart.

Bulletin 3 addresses a vulnerability only present in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, and may require a restart. If successfully exploited, this vulnerability would lead to information disclosure issues.

Bulletins 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 deal with privilege escalation vulnerabilities in Windows, the built-in Windows Defender antivirus program for Windows 8 and RT, Microsoft Office Apps 2012 Service Pack 1, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Groove Server 2010 Service Pack 1.

The bulletins are scheduled to be released April 9.

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