Nearly 18 months after it was discovered, Microsoft has finally fixed a hole in the AutoRun function of older Windows versions that allowed viruses to spread via external storage devices.
While it’s good to know Microsoft is finally listening to the complaints of the Windows community, the company’s delay in applying important patches put our systems at risk unnecessarily.
We’re seeing the first exploits attempting to take advantage of the Internet Explorer vulnerabilities addressed in this month’s security update from Microsoft.
The fix causes pages on some trusted sites to stop loading, which requires a patch of its own.
One of the updates released by Microsoft this week causes some applications using Visual Basic controls to fail.
The short-term solution is to remove the update, but be sure to reinstall it once your VB apps have been corrected.
The lone patch for January addresses three vulnerabilities that some experts claim will be the next big worm event.
While the threat to Windows users may not be quite so dire, be sure to reboot after you install this patch, even though Windows Update may not prompt you to do so.
Please stop your holiday preparations long enough to apply this week’s important security update for Internet Explorer.
While most of the sites that currently host the so-called XML exploit are located in Asia, this attack on IE is likely to spread quickly to other sites, so make sure to update your PCs with this patch before using Microsoft’s browser for anything else.
There’s no fix yet for Tuesday’s remote-code-execution exploit, which has already been found circulating in the wild.
Windows users should switch to a browser other than Internet Explorer until Microsoft releases a patch for this IE security hole.
People using Windows XP Service Pack 3 may not be offered all the .NET security patches their applications require.
However, if none of your PC’s programs requires a version of .NET Framework, this problem will have no impact on your system.
Installing SP3 on Windows XP eliminates the operating system’s ability to install important security patches for Microsoft’s .NET technology and possibly other software.
This problem forces XP SP3 users to apply patches manually to complete vital updates.