Thursday, October 07, 2010

Mammoth Microsoft Patch Tuesday Planned for October

On October 11th Microsoft plans to release a record breaking number of patches addressing security issues in all versions of Windows from XP through Win 7. That is something to be aware of and be ready for at anytime but I think that this time may be something unusual in far more than just how may patches are included.

For in looking over the patches and the areas they affect I find that at least two of these patches will be to areas that have caused me problems in the past. Will these patches cause problems? That I can't tell you. But between the large number (which is sure to increase chances of problems) and the two that are to program areas that I've had trouble with before I would advise caution.

I intend to download but not install these patches until Wednesday or Thursday just to see if problems are reported.

So while I'm not advising you to do the same it's something to consider.

Your risk from waiting an extra day or two before you install these patches is little but the time to correct a failed or troubled install sure isn't fun.

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MS planning Patch Tuesday whopper: 16 bulletins, 49 vulnerabilities

This month’s batch of security patches from Microsoft will be a record-breaking one:  16 bulletins addressing a whopping 49 security vulnerabilities.

According to the company’s advance notice, four of the 16 bulletins will be rated “critical,” Microsoft’s highest severity rating.   Microsoft rates a critical vulnerability as one that could be exploited to propagate an Internet worm without user action.

The 49 vulnerabilities will mark the largest ever batch of patches issued by Microsoft.  The previous record was 34 vulnerabilities patched in August this year.

The October patch batch will include fixes for security flaws in the Windows operating system, the Internet Explorer browser, Microsoft Office and the .NET Framework.

It is very likely that Microsoft will include patches for a pair of elevation of privilege vulnerabilities that were exploited during the mysterious Stuxnet worm attack.

The flaws in this month’s release affect all version of Windows, including the newest Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.


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