Computerworld - Microsoft today said it will deliver a record 17 security updates next week to patch 40 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office, SharePoint and Exchange.
Among the 40 patches will be two that address a pair of bugs that hackers have already exploited.
"I really was not expecting 17," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security. "I expected 10 at the most."
The 17 updates -- Microsoft calls them "bulletins" -- are a record, beating the count from October 2010 by one. The bulletins that will ship next Tuesday will include 40 patches, Microsoft said, nine fewer than the record set last October, but six more than the next-largest months of October 2009 and June and August of this year.
The total bulletin count for the year -- 106 -- was also a record, as was the number of vulnerabilities patched in those updates: 266.
Microsoft defended the blistering bug patching pace of 2010.
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