On behalf of all of us here at Microsoft, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy New Year!

With 2013 starting on a Tuesday, our monthly bulletin release is upon us a bit earlier than usual. Next Tuesday we’ll release seven bulletins; two Critical and five Important, which address 12 vulnerabilities. The Critical-rated bulletins address issues in Microsoft Windows, Office, Developer Tools and Microsoft Server Software. The Important-rated bulletins address issues in Microsoft Windows, .NET Framework and Microsoft Server Software.

As always, we’ll release the bulletins on the second Tuesday of the month, at approximately 10 a.m. PST. Revisit this blog then for our official risk and impact analysis, as well as deployment guidance and a brief video overview of the month’s highlights. Until then, we recommend customers review the ANS summary page for more information and prepare for bulletin testing and deployment as soon as possible to help ensure a smooth update process.

For all the latest information, you can also follow the MSRC team on Twitter at @MSFTSecResponse.

Thank you,

Dustin Childs
Group Manager
Microsoft Trustworthy Computing