Windows may be the primary target of today’s malware authors, but it’s far from the only one.
Keeping your applications and media players up-to-date is as important as applying the latest patches for your operating system.
If you installed XP Service Pack 3 or Windows Server SP2 after September 2008, you need to reapply an important security update.
In addition, if Windows Update offers your XP or Server 2003 system Microsoft’s security bulletin MS08-067 patch, you should install it — even if you’ve previously done so.
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.