After last month’s rather brief Patch Tuesday from Microsoft, we see the largest ever release of updates for Windows and Microsoft Office — and of course another critical update for Adobe Flash Player.
For this March update, we see an unusually large number of critical updates — nine patches rated as critical and the remaining nine rated by Microsoft as important. In addition to this large cohort of patches, we also get a security advisory with KB3123479.
We have added both browser patches (MS17-006 and MS17-007) and the Adobe Flash Player update (MS17-023) to our “Patch Now” list. In addition, the core XML Services patch (MS17-022), though only rated as important by Microsoft, attempts to resolve a publicly disclosed zero-day flaw. MS17-022 was therefore also added to our “Patch Now” list.