It’s Another New Record And For All The Wrong Reasons

It’s Tuesday, and we all know what fun event happens on Tuesdays.

Patch Tuesday brings record harvest of security fixes

Run Windows? Notice a little icon toward the bottom right of the screen that wasn’t there last night? Please don’t ignore it. That icon is your cue to take part in the monthly Microsoft ritual called Patch Tuesday.

For this month, Microsoft shipped a set of 16 patches that close a record 49 vulnerabilities in such software as Internet Explorer, Word and Windows Media Player.

Many of these holes allow a remote takeover of your computer, in some cases after you do nothing wrong beside visit the wrong Web page. One such opening has frequently been exploited by the Stuxnet worm that’s been running around the world.

Your computer should at least download, if not download and install, these updates for you. But if not, don’t reject Windows’ attempt to help you out. Click that icon, look over the resulting list of security updates, and install them.

See also:
Microsoft security updates for October 2010
Microsoft Plugs a Record 49 Security Holes
It’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday: October 2010
Microsoft Unleashes Massive Security Patch
Microsoft fixes record 49 holes, including Stuxnet flaw
Microsoft Releases Biggest-ever Security Update
Patch Tuesday: Critical flaws haunt Microsoft Office, IE browser
Microsoft Patches Stuxnet Vulnerability in Massive Security Update
Microsoft releases fixes for record number of vulns
Microsoft aims barrage of fixes at Stuxnet and more

So, you know what to do, clean up after Microsoft’s crappy software before someone remotely takes over your computer with a worm and you become part of the problem.

/unless you’re Iranian, in which case there’s a special set of patches coming out for your computers and they download and install themselves so you don’t even need to worry about this latest bulletin

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Okay Kids, It’s Tuesday, Remember What We Do On Tuesdays?

Why, we patch Windows on Tuesdays!

Microsoft Issues Four Patches, Fixes Critical Help Center Flaw

Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) released a mild bulletin for its July Patch Tuesday, repairing a total of five vulnerabilities with four security updates in Windows and Office, including a critical Help and Support Center flaw already exploited in the wild.

Of the four patches Microsoft released, three are considered critical, indicating that they can enable hackers to launch malicious attacks via remote code execution. The three critical flaws occur in both Microsoft Windows and Office, which included flaws in the Microsoft Help and Support Center, ActiveX and Canonical Display Driver. The fourth patch, ranked with the slightly less severe rating of “important,” occurs in Microsoft Outlook.

Hands down, security experts recommend that users apply a patch repairing a critical Help and Support Center flaw in Windows XP and supported editions of Windows Server 2003, which is currently being exploited in active attacks.

See also:
Microsoft security updates for July 2010
It’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday: July 2010
Microsoft Patch Tuesday for July 2010: four bulletins
Microsoft Issues Four Security Bulletins
Microsoft patches critical bugs in Windows, Office
Microsoft Patches Critical Security Holes, Ends Windows XP SP2 Support
One final patch for Windows XP Service Pack 2 before it reaches end-of-life
Microsoft Patches Windows, Office Bugs

You all know the drill for fixing this magnificent Bill Gates software.

/so, load ’em down, patch ’em up, patch ’em up, shut ’em down, boot ’em up, ride ’em on, Windows!

If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Microsoft Patch Day

Pack a lunch, it’s massive.

Patch Tuesday Updates Fix Critical Flaws in IE and DirectShow

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday for June 2010 is here. Microsoft released a total of 10 new security bulletins, addressing 34 separate vulnerabilities, including critical flaws in DirectShow and the Internet Explorer Web browser. Let’s turn to some industry experts and security professionals for additional insight on the Microsoft security bulletins, and perspective on how to prioritize and protect against the potential threats.

Seven of the security bulletins are rated as Important, while the remaining three are Critical. The Critical security bulletins include MS10-033 for DirectShow, and MS10-035 which addresses six different vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.

Joshua Talbot, security intelligence manager for Symantec Security Response, points out that “This is the largest Microsoft patch release of 2010 and ties the record for the most vulnerabilities ever addressed in a single month; a record set in October of last year. This month’s release also features the largest ever single bulletin, with 14 vulnerabilities in Excel being addressed together.”

See also:
Microsoft plugs critical holes in huge Patch Tuesday
Microsoft emphasizes three critical updates on patch-heavy Tuesday
Microsoft Issues Critical IE Fix In 10-Patch Update
Microsoft issues 10 patches as part of June update
Microsoft: 10 security bulletins, 34 vulnerabilities for Patch Tuesday
Microsoft patches IE8’s Pwn2Own bug in massive update
Microsoft finally fixes Pwn2Own browser flaw
Windows Update

The update takes a while to download and install, but several of the patches are critical.

/so, you know what you need to do, get in their and protect your computer from the evil doers