| By Susan Bradley |
Aside from a brief hiccup with a Silverlight patch, our February Patch Tuesday settles down with the usual suspects: Internet Explorer, DLL preloading, and .NET.
If you failed to buy your loved one a present on Valentine’s Day, perhaps you can convince them that updating Windows took priority. Okay — even I, a confirmed geek, know that won’t fly.
Browser patching is this week’s priority
If your Valentine’s Day was devoted to chocolate and roses, it’s now time to focus on updates to your browsers, starting with Internet Explorer. The patch described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-010 fixes four privately reported vulnerabilities tied to maliciously coded webpages.
Impacting IE Versions 6 and up (including IE 10, included with Windows 8 in the Developer Preview beta), this is a critical update for workstation installations of Windows.
As long as you’re patching Internet Explorer, check that you have the latest version of Chrome. According to a Feb. 8 Chrome blog, the stable-release version of the browser will begin checking downloaded files to see whether they came from a known malicious site. Ensure you’re on Version 17.0.963.46 by clicking the browser’s wrench icon and then About Chrome.
Also check that Firefox is version 10.0.1, to protect yourself from a potentially exploitable issue noted in a Feb. 10 Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory. Firefox 9 and earlier versions are unaffected.