The complexity of the Windows operating system makes it
easier for bugs and flaws to creep in during its development.
If you’re not careful to protect yourself against this, your computer could
be turned against you.
Microsoft patched a lot of vulnerabilities this month, but there are still a few issues with Internet Explorer that need our immediate attention.
This week, I’ll tell you how to protect yourself against dangerous .doc files and phishing attacks.
Although some missing patches are more important than others, and some
have lain undiscovered for years, none of them should be ignored.
This week, flaws in MS Word and Internet Explorer could cause you trouble.
Here’s how to avoid system upset.
We’re barely out of the gate after this month’s scheduled release of patches
from Microsoft, and we’re now faced with another zero-day exploit.
The exploit has already been used in a few attacks, so the race is on to
create a patch before hackers make those attacks more widespread.
After an uneventful patch release earlier this month, we are now faced with a
few important issues.
The patches themselves are not too serious, but, of course, there are some
that Microsoft didn’t get around to patching.
On the heels of a major Daylight Saving Time patch, Microsoft announced
that it would not release any security patches for the month of March.
While the security community is wrapped up with rumors of Vista patching
problems, older Windows operating systems still have plenty of flaws that
IE has always been my favorite nonsecure browser. IE 7 made things
better, but it still has security issues.
This week, I’ll talk about one of the scariest flaws in IE that I’ve seen in a
while. Let’s hope an exploit doesn’t run wild before we can get the word out.
A slew of denial-of-service flaws seem to be cropping up lately, or maybe
it’s just that I’ve been finding a lot of them.
I’ll start off this week’s column talking about a flaw that affects multiple
Web browsers, including both Firefox and Internet Explorer.
As Microsoft unveils the latest version of Office — Office 2007 — I take a look
at a few flaws that haven’t yet been patched in previous versions.
One of these flaws
was recently discovered, and the other is a leftover from last year. Both
are continuing the trend of Microsoft Office vulnerabilities that have
been showing up for months, with no end in sight.
As the first Microsoft Patch Tuesday of 2007 came and went, the IT community is
left to deal with the unpatched flaws that Microsoft left behind.
Once again, we do the dance of patching what we can and protecting what we
can’t. We hope no one’s toes get stepped on in the process.