By Tony Bradley
August 10, 2010
Microsoft unleashed a record number of security bulletins for a single
month -- 14 security bulletins addressing 34 different vulnerabilities.
IT admins need to understand the risks and prioritize the patches to
ensure they aren't overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the patch
Microsoft outlined in a statement "Microsoft is providing active
security protections to help customers manage and prevent threats to
their computing experience through the release of 14 security bulletins.
This month's bulletin package includes eight Critical and six Important
updates to address 34 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, Microsoft
Windows, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft
XML Core Services and Server Message Block."
Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle, had this to
say about the slew of Microsoft patches. "It's another movies-to-malware
month for Microsoft. Four of the 14 bulletins this month fix bugs in
media applications. Already this year Microsoft has fixed bugs in media
applications or media file formats in February, March, April and June,
so this month continues an obvious and growing trend. So much of what
people do on the Internet these days includes videos or music and
malware writers continue to take advantage of the fact that people are
less aware of malware embedded in these files."
The Patch Tuesday security bulletins are above and beyond the
out-of-band patch released last week for the Windows shortcut flaw.
Microsoft was compelled to rush that fix out due to a rise in attacks
exploiting the vulnerability.
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