Massive Patchday ahead

The upcoming Tuesday means much work for administrators – Microsoft today announced that the company plans to release 17 security bulletins with according patches. 9 of them deal with critical rated security vulnerabilities which means that cyber criminals can abuse them to smuggle in malware like Trojans without much user interaction. Overall, according to Microsofts MSRC blog, 64 vulnerabilities get fixed.

The security vulnerabilities exist in all supported Windows operating systems for clients and servers, in Internet Explorer 6 to 8, in Microsoft Office XP up to 2010 (also for Mac) and the Office document viewers, Microsoft Office Web Apps, and in all currently supported Visual Studio development environments as well as in the .Net runtimes. Thus everybody should apply the updates as soon as they are available.

Dirk Knop
Technical Editor