MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

Summary: Microsoft plans to have a quiet Patch Tuesday this month: Just two bulletins covering security vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and Office productivity suite.

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Microsoft plans to have a quiet Patch Tuesday this month:  Just two bulletins covering security vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and Office productivity suite.

According to an advance notice from Redmond, the Windows update will be rated "critical" because of the risk of remote code execution attacks.  This patch only affects Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

The Microsoft Office patch will carry an "important" rating and will also cover flaws that can be exploited in remote code execution attacks.

The patches are expected to be released on May 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM Eastern.

Microsoft also announced plans to modify its Exploitability Index to provide more details for Windows users running the newest software versions.

The Exploitability Index assesses the likelihood of functional exploit code being developed for a particular vulnerability. By providing the index information month over month, we’re helping customers prioritize the security updates that matter to them. The Exploitability Index will continue to provide an aggregate exploitability rating across all affected products, and the improvements made to Exploitability Index will now offer additional information to help customers prioritize bulletins, specifically for the most recent platforms, e.g. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Office 2010.

The changes effectively means that Microsoft will split out the Exploitability Index into a rating for the most recent version of the software, and an aggregate rating for all older versions.

Topics: Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • What's that?

    This post is several hours old and no "{Apple|Google} does it better" post yet?
    Your Non Advocate
    • It's because

      -Google doesn't do Desktop OS updates (no desktop OS)
      -Apple's updates are slow, vulnerabilities sitting unfixed for a long time
      Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

      @facebook@...

      Apple does do it "better". It is just that ZDNet doesn't tell us about it:

      http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9196118/Apple_smashes_patch_record_with_gigantic_update

      And yes that is correct, ZDNet didn't even bother to tell anyone about that patch. Not a single article.
      Qbt
  • RE: MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

    Micro$oft swiss cheese as usual.
    blind obedience
    • RE: MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

      And Blind Obedience for the epic first troll post.

      He deserves some sort of award. Honestly.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

      BAD WIFI
      Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

      @blind obedience

      Yes, let's compare MS's "swiss cheese" OS with this stunner:

      http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9196118/Apple_smashes_patch_record_with_gigantic_update

      The only reason people think OSX is more secure is because that patch release was [b]never[/b] even mentioned on ZDNet. At all. No wonder some people are so clueless...
      Qbt
  • Yet another achievement by 2011

    <b>Gush, you really gotta love this year; it sure has been shinning more and more light in the eyes of several noobish UNIX derivativ fanboys.</b> :)

    Usually just within a couple of hours after an article about Microsoft Security updates, I read several noob talks about how Unix derivativ OSs are more secure :p

    Maybe I'm just here too early this time :| Will be keeping an eye on this article for some noobish fanboy talks ;)
    <i>Keep it up 2011, there are still millions of hard headed noobish fanboys out there that still require the truth to be shined in their eyes; <b>No man-made software/OS is immune to malware nor nasty hackers</b></i> :)
    MrElectrifyer
    • RE: MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

      @MrElectrifyer
      "<i>Usually just within a couple of hours after an article about Microsoft Security updates, I read several noob talks about how Unix derivativ OSs are more secure silly

      Maybe I'm just here too early this time plain Will be keeping an eye on this article for some noobish fanboy talks wink </i>

      Does this help...
      Unix/Linux is just simply the most secure O.S. in the WORLD!!! No one ever tries to hack, crack, or write malicious code to attack it since it is impenetrable! Like IRON!! Just can't be hacked, cracked, or infected!

      No do you feel better? - LOL!!!
      The Rifleman
  • RE: MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

    why they don't do anything remote code execution attacks
    android-in
  • RE: MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

    Is this news?
    bb_apptix
  • RE: MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

    And the FBI still has to send out "kill" commands to all of these Windows, infected, zombie PC's. Nothing will save Windows from it's ultimate demise.
    james347
  • RE: MS Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical Windows update on deck

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