The January 2014 Patch Tuesday is upon us, taking place January 14th, and we are expecting to see four Important updates and zero Critical updates for various Microsoft software products. While this month's Patch Tuesday remains light, the most notable update will be for Windows XP.
"All bulletins this month are rated Important in severity and address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, and Dynamics AX. The update provided in MS14-002 fully addresses the issue first described in Security Advisory 2914486. We have only seen this issue used in conjunction with a PDF exploit in targeted attacks and not on its own. This only impacts customers using Windows XP or Server 2003 as more recent Windows versions are not affected," Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
Windows RT and Windows 8.1 will not be receiving any security updates this time around, as the primary focus for the January 2014 Patch Tuesday will be for Windows XP, Server 2003, Office, and Dynamics AX. Windows 7, on the other hand, does receive one Important update, addressing elevation of privileges. This month's Patch Tuesday is set to take place Tuesday, January 14th.
Expect to also see firmware updates for Microsoft's Surface line of products. Microsoft recently revealed that an updated firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 would be released during Patch Tuesday, fixing issues caused by the December 2013 firmware update.