On Thursday (Jul 4) Microsoft announced the forthcoming content for Patch Tuesday – Jul 9, 2013.

 

Number of Releases: 7

Critical Security Updates: 6 addressing vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Silverlight v5, Office 2003/2007/2010, Lync 2010/2013, and Visual Studio 2003

Important Security Updates: 1 addressing vulnerabilities in Windows Defender on Windows 7 and WS2008R2.

 

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Microsoft also hosts a webcast where they discuss the releases, typically the Wednesday after Patch Tuesday:

Microsoft will host a webcast to address customer questions on the security bulletins on Jul 10, 2013, at 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada).

Register now for the July Security Bulletin Webcast. After this date, the webcast is available on-demand.

 

You can also follow the MSRC team at @MSFTSecResponse.

 

Updates are typically released by Microsoft at 10am PT (6pm UTC).

Configuring WSUS servers to synchronize relative to that time can be helpful in expediting availability of these security updates.