Microsoft is to release nine security bulletins for this month's Patch Tuesday.
The release will consist of eight bulletins affecting Windows, five of which are rated critical and three rated as important.
The notification stated that these critical bulletins are for Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, ISA Server, BizTalk Server, Windows and Client for Mac. There will also be four important bulletins for Microsoft Windows and .NET Framework.
Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst at Lumension, believed that the amount of patches will not be welcomed by IT departments after a summer of ‘heavier-than-normal Patch Tuesdays'.
Henry said: “Amidst all of the patches previewed in the advanced bulletin for August, it looks like the two patches to watch will be Bulletin 2 and Bulletin 4. Both of these are critical across a wide range of Microsoft platforms, require a restart and have the potential to be kernel level problems across all current versions of the product.
“It's always concerning when security products have vulnerabilities and this month is no exception. One of Microsoft's security products, Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) server, appears to have a hole that's critical on all versions; therefore, companies that are actively using this product as part of their security infrastructure will need to patch this vulnerability immediately.”
He further claimed that the need to invest time and resources in patching would diminish, but looking back at the six critical patches that Microsoft issued in June and four in July, he claimed that the short-term trend does not support the theory.