IT administrators await mammoth Microsoft security patch bundle

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It’s “Patch Tuesday”, the second Tuesday of the month, which means that later today Microsoft will release its latest bundle of essential security patches.

And we already know that it’s going to be a big one.

According to an advance notice published by Microsoft last week, we know that the patches are designed to fix security holes in the likes of:

* Internet Explorer
* Microsoft .NET Framework
* Microsoft Silverlight
* Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway
* Microsoft Office
* Microsoft SQL Server
* Microsoft Visual Studio
* Multiple flavours of Windows itself.

Nine of the 16 bulletins have been given Microsoft’s most serious severity rating – “critical” – because the flaws risk the sort of remote code execution attack we see commonly exploited by hackers to run malicious code on victims’ computers, such as a worm.

That probably…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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