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
While most of us in the U.S. are washing up after turkey or tofu, I’m also cleaning up some leftover Patch Watch items.
We’ll undoubtedly have fresh helpings of patches in mid-December. But in the meantime, here are a few that might need your attention.Read More
A light month of Windows updates means we can focus on applications that need patching.
After last month’s heavy load of updates, we could use a break! But we also need to worry about what we’re not patching, not just what we are patching.Read More
I had high hopes that .NET 4 would break with previous versions and be easy to patch — but it’s not to be.
After working with .NET 4 for a bit, I grieve to report that it, too, is a pain to patch and laborious to remove.Read More