By Dennis O’Reilly
The numbering system Microsoft uses to identify its various Windows updates and the security bulletins referencing them often leaves us scratching our heads.
Just determining whether your PC has all the patches it needs can be like deciphering a secret code.
In describing last week’s out-of-cycle Windows patches, Susan Bradley’s July 30 Top Story linked to Microsoft security bulletins MS09-034 and MS09-035. Unfortunately, this information left Jim Long perplexed:
- “I just read ‘Install MS’s out-of-cycle patches for IE, apps’ by Susan Bradley in Issue 208, 2009-07-30. It was clearly written, and I understand the need for the patches.
“Maybe I’m uneducated or alone in this, but I cannot seem to get the hang of this patching stuff. I went to the security bulletin as recommended, but it doesn’t seem to contain the information needed to download the recommended patches. Then I ran Windows Update, as recommended by the security bulletin. It found no unapplied, high-importance patches.
“So then I went to Control Panel, with ‘Show updates’ turned on. For some reason, it shows patches according to Knowledge Base article number. I have no idea what the Knowledge Base numbers are for MS09-034 or MS09-035. As a result, I have no idea whether the patch suggested is on my system or not.”
| MS09-034 (972260) |
Apply this Internet Explorer patch today
Microsoft security bulletins include links to the patch download pages in the “Affected Software” section at the top of each bulletin. Finding the correct update that applies to your particular system, however, can be a challenge. A different patch is listed for every version of the operating system and every affected application.