Windows XP Service Pack 3 will soon be available, but that doesn’t mean every IT pro should rush out and install it on all XP systems.
My philosophy is that while service packs should always be installed, they don’t necessarily need to be added right away. XP SP3 is no different.
On the heels of Vista Service Pack 1 comes the update that far more Windows users have been anticipating.
Unfortunately, XP Service Pack 3 is an unremarkable update for everyone except network admins, who will appreciate the additional control over wired and wireless connections offered by SP3’s Network Access Protection.
An unannounced auto-deployment of Microsoft’s .NET Service Pack 1 rocked the accounting industry by affecting key applications right before the U.S. tax deadline.
This week, I’ll help you control the damage by providing you with a primer on .NET patching.
Patches for IE should be our first priority this month, with several vulnerabilities that are ripe for malicious attacks facing us.
There’s still no sign of Windows XP SP3 in the near future, but Windows Server 2008 is receiving its first patches, and Vista SP1 is subject to a much-needed patch for an earlier patch that’s proved troublesome.
The auto-update routines for QuickTime and iTunes, two programs that play multimedia files, have quietly begun installing Apple’s Safari browser unless PC users are sharp enough to turn off a little-noticed option.
This week’s abomination makes me question the entire concept of trusting auto-update mechanisms as a way of seeking better security.
Microsoft released this week four different security bulletins for MS Office, but (with a few exceptions) they seem to shape us as pretty tame updates.
The old saying about March weather coming in like a lion, but going out like a lamb, is just about the way this patching month has shaped up.
If you’re responsible for updating your company’s systems,
you now face service packs (and related problems) for XP, Vista, and Microsoft’s .NET Framework — and even Mac enthusiasts have to deal with repercussions from the recent 10.5.2 OS X upgrade.
If that weren’t enough, those of you who haven’t yet deployed the latest MS Office service packs will find plenty of quirks to chew on this week.
Microsoft on Feb. 19 halted automatic downloads of a Vista patch that caused numerous PCs to reboot uncontrollably.
The patch, numbered 937287, is a “prerequisite” or “preliminary” patch that was intended to prepare machines for the installation of Vista Service Pack 1, which is expected to be released in March.
A whopping 11 security patches and 7 nonsecurity patches were released this month for Windows, Firefox, Acrobat, and QuickTime, which means a potentially rough patching month.
Rather than giving your loved ones red roses or fat-laden chocolates for Valentine’s Day, show them how much you care by fixing their systems with these updates that the patch gods have sent us.