Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

Summary: Fixes coming for dangerous security holes in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, the Internet Explorer browser and .NET/Silverlight.

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Microsoft plans to ship nine security bulletins next Tuesday with fixes for at least 21 documented flaws in the Windows operating system.

This month's Patch Tuesday batch will cover dangerous security holes in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, the Internet Explorer browser and .NET/Silverlight.

[ SEE: Ten little things to secure your online presence ]

The Internet Explorer bulletin is rated "critical" and should be considered a high-priority update because of the risk of code execution attacks via drive-by downloads.

According to an advance notice from Microsoft, most of the updates will require a restart once the patches are applied.

The nine bulletins will be releaed on Tuesday, February 14 at approximately 10 a.m. PST.

Topics: Operating Systems, Browser, Microsoft, Security, Software, Windows

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  • Oh the Humanity!

    (facepalm)
    Dietrich T. Schmitz *Your
    • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate Yeah, grab any Linux Distro install and then update like no tomorrow!!! Been there down that got the T-shirt
      jatbains
      • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

        @jatbains
        Nah, you have not...
        kirovs
    • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate

      I'd rather they patch it than not.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Oh the Humanity!

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate Funny, when I apply Windows updates involving a service that I have disabled or set to start manually, the service is not left on after the update has been applied and does not start on boot. With Linux (Debian and Ubuntu), after having first run the following commands in /etc/init.d:

      # ./service_name stop (stops the service)
      # update-rc.d -f service_name remove (prevents the service from starting on boot)

      I have to repeat the commands whenever the services are updated. Otherwise, the service is turned on and starts on boot. Why can't Linux remember my settings?
      Rabid Howler Monkey
    • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz * Your Linux Advocate
      Install a fresh Ubuntu distro and see the 100's (!) of patches you have to install. Troll.
      Martijn2
  • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

    Thanks for the heads up! Now I know when to expect them and can update the rest of the team, friends, and coworkers.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

      Thanks for the heads up! Now I know when to flag you everytime your ugly little head pops up.
      ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bul

      @Loverock Davidson- What on earth does a self-professed Microsoft fan need a "heads up" for? Patch Tuesday happens on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. And why aren't your "friends" on automatic updates? And you have switched your "friends" from Windows Update to Microsoft Update, right?<br><br>P.S. Looks like ScorpioBlue wasn't kidding about flagging you.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
  • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

    Oh the Humanity of it all. Here we go yet again!!! The Linux trolls on a Microsoft Blog starting with the "Childish flames and name calling". What "TROLLS" are the Linux trolls.
    I wish the "Trolls"would get a life or at least crawl back into some hole. I guess I'll have to start watching the Linux blogs and start posting there as a Microsoft Troll.
    What was the old adage? Oh, yes it was "what is good for the goose is certainly good enough for the gander" and I'll make sure to tell the people to be sure and thank their cross posting Linux trolls for all the extra FUD!!!!
    Gotta go so I can start my list of people to thank when I cross post.
    Disgruntled_MS_User
    • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

      @Disgruntled M$ User : you should have a chat with Loverock Davidson, he set the standard for rubbish repetitive trolling
      deaf_e_kate
  • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: 21 vulnerabilities, including 'critical' IE bulletin

    Thanks for the heads-up Ryan.
    Agnostic_OS