The February 2022 Patch Tuesday updates are rolling out today

by Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
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  • We hope you are ready for another batch of important updates and fixes.
  • Microsoft will have a hefty release today, as a part of Patch Tuesday.
  • You can catch up on what the tech giant put out in the previous months.
  • Also, learn what we can expect from the Redmond company in February.
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The new year feeling is all but gone and it’s time to focus on the important things that make up our day-to-day life.

And, now that February is here, the time has come for yet another batch of Patch Tuesday updates that many users have been eagerly waiting for.

As with all the other Patch Tuesday updates of previous months, these bring a host of changes, fixes, and improvements to all supported versions of the Windows OS.

Last month’s update release included fixes for 97 vulnerabilities. Combined with the 29 vulnerabilities that received out-of-band (OOB) updates at the start of January, this first month of 2022 has a total of 126 patched updates.

What could we expect from the February 2022 Patch Tuesday?

Before we start going over what we could see this month, let’s also remember the zero-day vulnerabilities resolved in January 2022: 

  • CVE-2021-22947: HackerOne assigned CVE: An open source Curl RCE allowing for Man-in-The-Middle (MiTM) attacks.
  • CVE-2021-36976: MITRE assigned CVE: An open source Libarchive use-after-free bug leading to RCE.
  • CVE-2022-21874: A local Windows Security Center API RCE vulnerability (CVSS 7.8).
  • CVE-2022-21919: A Windows User Profile Service Elevation of Privilege security issue (CVSS 7.0), PoC exploit code recorded.
  • CVE-2022-21839: Windows Event Tracing Discretionary Access Control List Denial-of-Service (DoS) (CVSS 6.1).
  • CVE-2022-21836: Windows Certificate spoofing, PoC code recorded (CVSS 7.8).

Experts classify this month as being not such a busy one when it comes to software fixes from Microsoft, with few items on the offer.

We will most likely see fewer CVEs addressed but expect the usual software fixes, patches, and solutions from the Redmond-based tech giant.

Last month we also had the first .NET framework security release in over a year, so it’s safe to say we aren’t getting another this month, as well.

As for an Exchange Server release, we’ve had one with three CVEs was in January so don’t expect one now.

We’re about to find out exactly what Microsoft has in store for us later today, when we will keep you posted on all changes and how they impact our daily Windows usage.

What are you expecting from the February 2022 Patch Tuesday release? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below

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