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Patch Tuesday brings 13 fixes

Patch Tuesday brings 13 fixes

The latest Patch Tuesday release from Microsoft could prove a headache for sysadmins, with 13 updates planned.

Next week's Patch Tuesday could prove to be a real headache for sysadmins, with Microsoft planning to release a whopping thirteen patches to fix twenty-six bugs across Windows and Office products.

As reported over on ARN, this month's Patch Tuesday rollout will come with thirteen fixes for flaws in Microsoft's Windows and Office products, with five of those for vulnerabilities the company counts as "Critical" on its tiered scoring system. A further eight of the updates are rated "Important," the next level down in the scoring system.

The vast majority of the updates - eleven, to be precise - are aimed at fixing issues with Microsoft's Windows operating system, with just two looking to fix problems in Office XP and Office 2003 for Windows and Office 2004 for Mac OS.

Interestingly, five of the updates affect the company's latest iteration of the Windows platform - the consumer Windows 7 and the server-side Windows Server 2008 R2 - despite claims from Microsoft that its latest versions are the most secure yet.

Such claims are given meat, however, by the news that Windows XP users will have to apply an additional three updates - for a total of eight - in order to ensure they are fully protected. Any users still running Windows 2000 will need nine of the eleven Windows updates.

Interestingly, at least one of the patches is treated differently between Windows Vista and Windows 7, despite their shared code base: the "Bulletin 1" patch is rated as Critical importance for Windows XP, downrated to Important for Windows Vista, but returns to Critical for Windows 7 - despite Windows 7 having far more in common code-wise with Vista than XP.

A full list of the issues resolved by this latest round of patches can be found on the Microsoft Security Response Center blog.

Are you worried about the headaches a bumper thirteen-patch month might cause, or are you just pleased to see some of the more egregious security flaws in Windows getting patched at last? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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fargo 5th February 2010, 18:28 Quote
I don't worry about how many patches are released I go to ms security update page and down
load the ones I want for xp. I stopped using automatic updates because ms was installing updates
without my approval the sneaky a$$es !!
shanky887614 5th February 2010, 19:00 Quote
what updates were installing?
can't you just go on advanced and select the ones you want to install?
fargo 5th February 2010, 19:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by shanky887614
what updates were installing?
can't you just go on advanced and select the ones you want to install?

at the time I had autoupdates enabled so that I had to approve the updates before they were
installed, it didn't matter I found that upon shutting down updates were being installed then windows
would shut down. It wasn't just me I found that this was happening to other people as well. you
can't let ms take total control of your pc.!!
N!ck 5th February 2010, 19:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by fargo
you
can't let ms take total control of your pc.!!

Use MacOS or Linux ;)
Chocobollz 5th February 2010, 20:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by N!ck
Quote:
Originally Posted by fargo
you
can't let ms take total control of your pc.!!

Use MacOS or Linux ;)

You can't let Apple take total controls of your PC software & hardware!!!!! Especially not Steve Jobs!!!! But I think Linus Torvald is okay!!!!!! ;-P
LucusLoC 5th February 2010, 21:18 Quote
mac is even worse as far as control goes. you can only select approved hardware, patches are mandatory, etc.
tad2008 5th February 2010, 22:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by fargo
Quote:
Originally Posted by shanky887614
what updates were installing?
can't you just go on advanced and select the ones you want to install?

at the time I had autoupdates enabled so that I had to approve the updates before they were
installed, it didn't matter I found that upon shutting down updates were being installed then windows
would shut down. It wasn't just me I found that this was happening to other people as well. you
can't let ms take total control of your pc.!!

As far as I know, the most important / critical patches that will keep your PC "safe & secure" are automatically applied when auto updates is switched on, without any request for additional permission and I believe is there to give you a greater degree of protection.

I also remember reading an article a couple of years ago stating that Microsoft were supposedly even giving the most essential security updates even to pirated copies of Windows to help reduce the effects that viruses and malware have.
LordPyrinc 6th February 2010, 00:35 Quote
I've never really had any issues with the auto update feature in Windows.
frojoe 6th February 2010, 00:49 Quote
I think its a bad idea to criticize any company for releasing patches. In both the recent iphone article and this one it seems to imply that releasing patches shows the software is insecure. In a way it does, but I think its the software that doesn't get updated that we should really be worried about. I like to see regular updates because no software, especially as complicated as an OS is without bugs, so fixing them in a timely manner is key. Its a problem when we hear about vulnerabilities without a patch.

As far as MS updating without permission in the case of critical updates, I can see the reasoning in reducing malware, but I believe they pushed genuine advantage as a security update as well when that came out. Do we want things like that installed without our permission?
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Originally Posted by LucusLoC
mac is even worse as far as control goes. you can only select approved hardware, patches are mandatory, etc.

That's just plain false. OSX asks permission before installing any patch just like windows, and you can choose individual patches to update or ignore. You should check you facts before posting about an OS you probably don't even use. The thing about hardware is kind of true, but it doesn't have much to do with software updates does it?
friskies 6th February 2010, 16:42 Quote
Don`t let ANY corporation control your computer! Use DOS! Absolutely no auto updates or DRM!!1
Horizon 6th February 2010, 20:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chocobollz
Quote:
Originally Posted by N!ck
Quote:
Originally Posted by fargo
you
can't let ms take total control of your pc.!!

Use MacOS or Linux ;)

You can't let Apple take total controls of your PC software & hardware!!!!! Especially not Steve Jobs!!!! But I think Linus Torvald is okay!!!!!! ;-P


you're quite mistaken according to Apple EULA, it's Steve computer he's just letting you use it.
leexgx 7th February 2010, 16:58 Quote
windows update does update it self on its own but that's just windows update, but other updates you need to agree to or wait to 3am in the morning or set it to download only or ask
nitrous9200 8th February 2010, 05:50 Quote
The only really controversial updates are the Genuine advantage ones and stuff like the latest "reliability" updates for windows 7 which have caused a lot of problems for people. Almost all of the others are for safety purposes which I'll gladly take.
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