I hope you’re feeling invigorated from a relaxing summer, because September rolls in with a mammoth Patch Tuesday.
Along with the usual IE and Flash updates, Microsoft has released a slew of Office security patches, some of which have installation issues.
The monthly fixes for IE and Adobe Flash
Rated critical for all current Windows workstation systems, KB 2870699 updates IE Versions 6 through 10. It does not apply to IE 11 in the upcoming Windows 8.1. (If you’re lucky enough to still be a TechNet subscriber, Microsoft just released the RTM bits to you this week, as noted on an MSDN blog.)
As is typical of IE updates, the patch fixes various vulnerabilities that could be exploited within the next few weeks. Using a malicious webpage, an attacker could acquire the same rights as the user who views the page.
Adobe Flash users on Windows need to upgrade to Version 11.8.800.168, as noted in Adobe’s Sept. 10 Security bulletin. The Security bulletin also lists Flash updates for OS X, Linux, Chrome, IE 10, and Android. The usual reminder: When updating Flash, watch out for those potentially unwanted offers for Chrome and other apps, typically bundled with the update.
What to do: Install KB 2870699 (MS13-069) immediately and then check that all your browsers have the most recent version of Flash.
A nonsecurity Office 2013 update to skip
Normally I put nonsecurity updates as a low priority — something we can tackle a week or two after Patch Tuesday. But as reported in numerous posts in an MS Office forum, KB 2817630 is causing problems with Outlook 2013. Many users who installed the update quickly discovered empty folder panes in Outlook. Uninstalling the update immediately brought the folder panes’ contents back.