Record Patch Tuesday: Where to Begin

Record Patch Tuesday: Where to Begin
Record Patch Tuesday: Where to Begin 

By Tony Bradley
PC World
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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