October is turning out to be a busy month for patches. Next week is Patch Tuesday, and both Adobe and Microsoft have published their advance notices, with one and eight bulletins respectively. In addition, on October 15th we are getting the Critical Patch Update from Oracle, which will include a new version for Oracle enterprise software, plus a new version of Java 7.
This month also marks the 10-year anniversary of the Patch Tuesday program, which Microsoft started in October of 2003. Over the past decade, it has become a model implementation of a patch program in both outreach to vulnerability submitters and predictability for IT administrators, who have been dealing with the increasing number of patches for their computer infrastructures. The team at Microsoft is professional and a pleasure to work with when we have implementation questions or need background information on mitigation possibilities.