Microsoft's Patch Tuesday is light, but October's won't be

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By Ben Weitzenkorn

Tuesday, Microsoft will roll out just two security updates, giving IT teams a bit of a breather before the Washington-based software developer reorients its updates and support for the much-anticipated Windows 8.

Compared with most Patch Tuesdays, the monthly software update Microsoft ships on the second Tuesday of each month, tomorrow's update will be light. It comes with only minor security adjustments for the Visual Studio development platform and the System Center Configuration Manager.

For IT teams everywhere, October promises to be more of a challenge. Next month's update will block access to all digital certificate keys shorter than 1,024 bits. Microsoft advises IT managers to take advantage of the quiet in September to ensure that their secure server certificates are all up to date so that everything runs smoothly when the mandatory switch comes next month.

In contrast to this month's update, August's Patch Tuesday included 12 updates.

The update that requires the new RSA key encryption has been available from Microsoft's website since August, but will not become a mandatory update until October. The new encryption protocol comes just two weeks before Microsoft will make available its much-anticipated Windows 8 operating system which will include an onboard anti-virus security suite. 

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