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December 2011 Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Addressing 20 Vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, IE, Publisher, and WMP – MAPP Updates

Patch Tuesday: MicrosoftMicrosoft Security Response Center announced the advance notification for the 2011 December security bulletin release, scheduled for Tuesday, December 13.

“This month’s release comprises 14 bulletins addressing 20 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Publisher, and Windows Media Player,” informs MSRC.

All 14 bulletins will be released on Tuesday, December 13 at around 10 a.m. PST.

Also, the MSRC announced an update to Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) that should provide customers with greater transparency as to how MAPP partners use the information we share with them when we release security advisories.

“As you know, we work closely with our MAPP partners to share information on issues as they arise, thus extending protections to the greatest possible number of computers on the Internet. As of our most recent Security Advisory, we’ve started a new process of listing the partners who have confirmed that they released protection within 96 hours after the advisory release on a special Web page.

Naturally not every Advisory applies to every partner, so we do not expect them all to report protections in place for every individual Advisory,” said MSRC.

“Meanwhile, in a minor procedural note, those of you who prefer to print out the bulletins and have missed that functionality in recent months will be pleased to hear it’s back. Look for the small grey printer icon at the upper right corner of the bulletin.”

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