Security experts weigh in on Patch Tuesday priorities

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It’s Patch Tuesday—the sixth one of 2013. As far as Patch Tuesdays go, June is relatively light—with a mere five security bulletins, and only one rated as Critical—but that’s no reason to let your guard down.

The average number of security bulletins for the first five months of 2013 was nine. A paltry five security bulletins for June is only about half what IT admins have come to expect, so it’s nice to get to take it easy a bit. The one Critical security bulletin is the cumulative update for Internet Explorer, along with four Important security bulletins that still deserve prompt attention.

Lamar Bailey, director of security research for Tripwire, acknowledges that monthly Internet Explorer updates have become the norm. Bailey points out that it’s still a bit unusual for a single IE update to address 19 separate vulnerabilities, and proclaims, “It’s just a matter of time before one of these gets exploited.”