Given the heavy load of September patches, we might be looking forward to the new Win7 and 8.1 rollup-updating model that’s scheduled to debut in October.
Patch rollups might be more convenient, but the new format will give you less control over updating — and change how we report on individual fixes.
Microsoft isn’t alone in pushing out problematic updates; Apple has a big release for iPads and iPhones that should be avoided for now.
MS16-104 (3185319), MS10-109 (3182373), MS16-117 (3188128)
Adobe Flash Player tops the vulnerability charts
For a relatively narrow and small program, Flash Player has had, and continues to have, an astounding number of vulnerabilities. The October patch fixes around 26 security flaws, as listed in Adobe Security Bulletin APSB16-29. Win8.1 and Win10 users will see KB 3188128, rated critical.
Although Flash Player is part of Win8.1/10, it’s still an option on Vista and Win7 systems. If you must have Flash installed on those two older operating systems, use the app’s “About” page to ensure you’re on Version 18.104.22.168.
A reminder that, starting in October, Microsoft will begin issuing monthly roll-up updates for Win7 and Win8.1. As detailed in a MS TechNet post, those monthly rollups will show up in Windows Update and include both security and nonsecurity fixes. For businesses, Microsoft will also release a single rollup containing only security patches. (Individuals can download it via the MS Update Catalog.)
So this is the last month I’ll be able to recommend or put on hold each individual update. And as usual, we begin with Internet Explorer and other browsers.