Microsoft releases many non-security updates

Summary:Most of the 24 updates are for Windows 8 and other recent versions. We can confirm that the new version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool works with Windows XP.

As is usually the case, Microsoft released a large number of non-security updates today along with  the Patch Tuesday security updates .

First, the monthly update to the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is out. This tool is designed only for highly-prevalent attacks. This month two new families of malware were added to the tool's detectionsWin32/Filcout and Win32/Miuref. (It's anachronistic, of course, for Microsoft to include the MSRT update with their "non-security updates," but that's what they do.)

Note: We tested Windows Update on Windows XP and it downloaded and ran the new version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool, so Microsoft has not abandoned Windows XP users there.

Descriptions are available for some of the remaining updates, but not all. The links to the KB articles for the updates may not be live yet, but the updates are.

Three already-released updates contain no code changes, but only metadata changes.

Topics: Windows, Security


Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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