Microsoft has released their advance notification for the August 2014 Patch Tuesday updates. There will be a total of nine updates issued next Tuesday, August 12, two of them rated critical.
The two critical bugs affect Windows and Internet Explorer. The critical Windows update affects only business and professional editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8. The Internet Explorer update affects all versions on all supported platforms. The remaining seven updates are rated important and affect Windows, Office, SQL Server, the .NET Framework and SharePoint Server 2013.
Microsoft will also release a new version of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool and probably some as-yet undisclosed number of non-security updates to various Windows versions. It has also become popular for other companies, most prominently Adobe, to release security updates for their own products on that day.
As announced earlier this week, Microsoft will also be releasing a change to Internet Explorer on Tuesday that will cause it to warn users when the browser attempts to load an ActiveX control which is on a Microsoft-maintained list of old and out-of-date controls. Initially, the list will contain only old Java versions.