We have an especially light Patch Tuesday for May — which is a relief, given the massive batch released in April.
If one of this month’s updates looks familiar to you, it should — we’re updating PowerPoint again. But I’m also giving the OK sign for Windows SP1.Read More
While much of the world turns its attention to this week’s royal wedding of Will and Kate, I’m still cleaning up the royal mess following the largest Patch Tuesday we’ve had.
PowerPoint 2003 finally is fixed, but headaches remain for .Net and other updates.Read More
It seems like every other month is an especially large Patch Tuesday, but this week’s is the largest we’ve ever had.
The flood of patches — including fixes for Internet Explorer — leaves no room for the update chart in the newsletter; you’ll find it in the Windows Secrets Lounge via the link at the bottom of this story.Read More
Reports from the small-business community describe severe installation problems with Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
With no compelling reason to install SP1, this update remains on hold.Read More
March’s Patch Tuesday proved light on fixing vulnerabilities. That could be either good news or bad.
It does give us time to review past patches that gave some of us headaches — and others that need further testing. You’ll find a new summary chart at the bottom of this column.Read More
Typically, the release of a first service pack marks an operating system’s coming of age.
But Windows 7 has proven a mature product from its first release — and doesn’t absolutely need this not-so-major update.Read More
Internet Explorer brings us a digital Valentine in the form of a security update.
Install it on all the PCs you love. An unusual nonsecurity patch might mean we can kiss off malware that automatically runs on flash drives, too.Read More
It seems like just yesterday that Microsoft released Windows 7; now we’re gearing up for its first service pack.
It seems a little surreal, but Microsoft is releasing an update that will prepare your PC for the really big update to Windows 7 Service Pack 1.Read More
2011 is not getting off to a good start for Windows vulnerabilities — we’re starting the new year with more unpatched known vulnerabilities than ones we’re able to fix through updates.
Most of you will see just one official Patch Tuesday security update. But there are workarounds and mitigations you might need to consider.Read More
One measure of our success battling malware is the number of patches we’re asked to install each month. By that benchmark, we’re surely losing.
The patch count for December is a record for the year, with fixes for Internet Explorer, zero-day bugs, and DLL preloading threats. This might be end-of-year house cleaning, as most of the patches are not critical.Read More