Where has the week gone? We started with a new pope, we’re still shaking out
issues with both Windows 2003 SP1 and Microsoft’s April patches, and I’ve decided that
turning Japanese is the way to go. At least when it comes to security bulletins,
The past week brought us a passle of work. Some of it is very worthwhile, to be
sure, but all of it is a bit more effort to add to our already-overburdened
After a month with no security bulletins in March, it’s back to our normal
evaluation process. This month, in addition to eight security bulletins
available via Windows Update, we’ve got two nonsecurity patches, Windows 98 and Me re-releases — and, oh, did I happen to mention some
newfound browser insecurities?
Today is going to be FUD Roundup Day at the ‘ol Patch Corral. You’ve heard of
FUD, right? Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt? Once used only in relation to IBM,
then in reference to Microsoft, it seems everyone likes to throw around a bit of FUD
to get us consumers upset and concerned.
Last Friday, Microsoft gave me the word that I could take the day off. "No
patches for Tuesday!", came the word from the North. But before we all head
to the beaches or ski slopes or your favorite watering holes, does this truly
mean we are absolutely without issues and not vulnerable?
At least two critical Windows updates have been released recently Microsoft — but they’re not being picked up by
most patch-management software because the updates aren’t marked Microsoft as “security” updates.
The latest SMB patch means a little bit of not-so-friendly file sharing.
Since my last Patch Watch column, the good news is that we haven’t seen any exploits
or vulnerabilities targeting the Server Message Block (SMB) patch
MS05-011. The bad news is
there have been a few issues that have popped up, one with a resolution, one
still under investigation at this time.
Fasten your seatbelts, it’s Patch Tuesday. Microsoft released
bulletins on Feb. 8 that covered the gamut, from operating
systems to Office suites to Messenger applications.
Microsoft may call it Patch Tuesday, but I call it the day that I start
watching for the "dead bodies." You know what I mean, don’t you? The
anxiety you feel when you press the button to reboot your computer after the
security patches are applied? Will the system arise from the reboot to
compute again? Will your data survive another trip through the patch
Microsoft released three security bulletins this week, two of them rated
critical, one rated merely important.