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Microsoft Patch Tuesday Shows Secure Coding Pays Off
Security researcher Paul Henry said it was great to see Microsoft's Secure Coding Initiative paying off, reducing the number of vulnerabilities in its software, resulting in an easier time for IT at Patch Tuesday time. Over the year, Microsoft Patch Tuesday released 35 critical security bulletins, 46 important bulletins and two moderate bulletins.
Microsoft Relevant Products/Services's last Patch Tuesday of 2012 rolled out seven patches. Five of them are rated critical and two are rated important. The good news is: none are under active attack.
With December's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has rolled out 83 security Relevant Products/Services bulletins in 2012. That's significantly down from the 100 security bulletins Redmond released in 2011. Microsoft released 117 security bulletins in 2010. "Maybe even more important than the raw numbers is the more regular release rhythm that Microsoft set this year," said Wolfgang Kandek, CTO at Qualys. "We see this as a clear sign of a more mature process."