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May 2012 Security Bulletin Release Advance Notification

This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release in May, 2012.

Bulletin breakdown:

  • 3 bulletins are rated as critical
  • 4 bulletins are rated as important
  • 5 bulletins addressing vulnerabilities that could lead to Remote Code Execution
  • 2 bulletin addressing a vulnerability that could lead to Elevation of Privilege

These updates will be applied to all support Microsoft Operating Systems, All supported Microsoft office products (2003, 2007, 2010), Microsoft Office compatibility pack, Microsoft Visio viewer, Microsoft Excel viewer and Microsoft Silverlight 4, 5.

The following table summarises the security bulletins for this month in order of severity.

Bulletin ID

Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact

Restart Requirement

Affected Software

Bulletin 1

Critical

Requires restart

Microsoft Office

Remote Code Execution

Bulletin 2

Critical

Requires restart

Microsoft Windows, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Silverlight,
Microsoft Office

Remote Code Execution

Bulletin 3

Critical

May require restart

Microsoft Windows, Microsoft .NET Framework

Remote Code Execution

Bulletin 4

Important

May require restart

Microsoft Office

Remote Code Execution

Bulletin 5

Important

May require restart

Microsoft Office

Remote Code Execution

Bulletin 6

Important

May require restart

Microsoft Office

Elevation of Privilege

Bulletin 7

Important

May require restart

Microsoft Office

Elevation of Privilege

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