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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In what looks to be an early trick-or-treat, Microsoft released a breathtaking number of updates.
Included in this broad collection of fixes is a critical update for Internet Explorer and other patches that put the brakes on some scary malware.
A recent disclosure that hackers can use print spoolers on some older printers to take control of PCs leaves us wondering what isn’t vulnerable.
The simple lesson here is to keep your updates up-to-date — close the door on newly disclosed, potential threats before some hacker tries them out.
If this seems like an especially heavy patch week, you’re not mistaken — this might be the largest batch of Windows patches released at one time.
The most-critical patches address flaws in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and two Adobe products.
We bid farewell to Microsoft support for Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 this month.
The complex security systems we live with today that protect us from malicious Internet attacks have their roots in these two venerable operating systems.