Microsoft Security Patches (2000 to 2008) – The Numbers

Have you ever wondered how many software patches Microsoft releases on a yearly basis to address security concerns and/or vulnerabilities? Well, there’s no need to wonder anymore!
Here is the number of software patches released by Microsoft from 2000 to 2008 via its Security website [].
2008 – 77
2007 – 69
2006 – 78
2005 – 55
2004 – 45
2003 – 51
2002 – 72
2001 – 60
2000 – 100
From looking at these numbers, you can see and perhaps understand why the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing initiative is an ongoing long-term approach to the way Microsoft addresses potential security flaws in its software.
So what’s the breakdown for the last three years in terms of Products?
2008:  Internet Explorer (6), Office (26), Windows (42), Windows Media (3)
2007: Content Management Server (1), Internet Explorer (5), Office (16), Virtual PC (1), Visual Studio (2), Windows (43), Windows Media (1)
2006: Internet Explorer (7), Office (19), Visual Studio (1), Windows (46), Windows Media (4)
And now for the fun part. Which Microsoft security bulletin has the longest name?
It’s MS08-052 – addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, .Net Framework, Visual Studio, Visual FoxPro, Microsoft Works, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Forefront, and Microsoft Digital Image Suite (KB 954593)
For more information and to learn more about Microsoft Security, please visit []
Posted by: Eric Lam
Location: Canberra/Australia
Category: Microsoft Technologies
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