Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

Summary: According to an advance notice from Microsoft, two of the critical bulletins will address high-severity vulnerabilities in the Internet Explorer browser.

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This months' batch of security patches from Microsoft will be a huge one:  16 bulletins covering a wide range of security holes in the Windows operating system.

Nine of the 16 bulletins are rated "critical" because of the risk of remote code execution attack.

According to an advance notice from the Redmond, Wash. software maker, two of the critical bulletins will address high-severity vulnerabilities in the Internet Explorer browser.

In addition to security holes in the Windows OS and Internet Explorer, the following products are also affected by the June patch batch:follow Ryan Naraine on twitter

  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Visual Studio

All supported versions of Windows are affected by this month's patches, which are scheduled for release on Tuesday June 14, 2011.

Topics: Security, Microsoft

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    pastordl
    • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

      @pastordl Firefox is always patching themselves too. They are still not being targeted because they are losing market share. Chrome and IE9 are being targeted more. However, IE9 still has less vulnerabilities compared to any other browsers.
      jackaaa7
      • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

        @jack@... I use ZoneAlarm Extreme Security. It has a browser security product called (i think) forcefield. It's another sandbox type. So far I have had no problems with either IE or Firefox. Oh! One downside is that ZA does not support the latest versions of either IE or Firefox. I'm waiting in the new ZA version.
        I am Gorby
    • So Firefox never gets patched?

      Interesting.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

        @goff256

        He didn't say that. Go back and read it again.

        doh...
        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

        @Michael Alan Goff
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        jamalgordon410
    • I absolutely agree! It's better all the way around.

      @pastordl
      FloridaBorne
      • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

        @joellendemps
        Especially with "No Script" & "Adblock Plus" loaded on.
        ncironman
  • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

    I tend to think people who use IE are basically asking for it. Maybe they don't deserve to be hacked, but they're wearing a short skirt.

    Anyway, even if it has less vulnerabilities than other browsers, its still a big pile of S*** and you couldn't pay me to use it.
    stooge51
    • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

      @stooge51

      YOUR USER I.D. IS APPROPRIATE HOWEVER, "JERK" ALSO COMES TO MIND !!
      smittys2
      • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

        @smittys2

        Well I never!

        Anyway, I don't think my comment, however jerky or stoogey, rises to the level that it DESERVES AN ALL CAPS REPLY. Caps lock key stuck?

        Seriously though, I notice you didn't disagree that IE is a big pile of S***.

        I will retract one thing though - People who use IE *do* sorta deserve to be hacked. I was being too generous before.
        stooge51
    • Good for you.

      @stooge51 <br>The fact is, I, much unlike you couldn't be paid to use any other browser then IE. And I have them all, I ALWAYS give each of them a fair try again when supposed new and improved versions show up. None of them can ever cut it.<br><br>Every other browser just seems to be a poor mans imitation of IE with ad ons and goo-gaa's stuck in there to try and prove that because there is some kind of difference it makes them better. No, it doesn't make them better. Not as well laid out and sometimes having a feeling like I'm using a piece of cheap junk.<br><br>And yes, I know many many people, both at work and for personal use who use IE all the time and again, unlike you, they are not getting hacked and have been running fine without incident for years.<br><br>I can say that for a very long time now IE when running with a reliable free AV program has felt rock solid. I go wherever I want on the net and even go directly to places I suspect are trojan loaded pages and AVG blocks them like magic. Whenever I read about someone spewing off about how they find IE or a family member or friends IE clogged up with viruses, trojans etc. I do really have to ask, what god awful ridiculous thing did these people do when I cant get any malware even when try.<br><br>Does anyone suspect that these people might be exaggerating ...just a little?
      Cayble
      • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

        @Cayble

        As stated in my reply to goff256, yes, I was indeed exaggerating "just a little", but it does cause me a lot of headaches, even though I use it only when I have no other choice.

        Anyway, to each his own I guess. There's pry things about IE that you really like that I really hate, but on the whole I can't imagine IE is really as great as you think it is, based on my own experiences

        As for other browsers imitating IE.... seems to me that IE has copied a ton of features from other browsers in the past couple of years. What has IE done recently that was so fantastic that chrome and firefox copied it? Isn't stealing other people's ideas Microsoft's M.O.?

        As for hacking, I don't doubt you can use IE all the time without problem. We all know that it?s *usually* the user, not the software, that is the cause of infections. But, with over a decade of experience with Microsoft products under my belt, I've never had much confidence in their security.

        Anyway, I was an IE user many years ago and it was decent. Then there was a time when it honestly was a big pile of crap and I kicked it to the curb. Every so often I?ll check out newer versions and they never impress. I admit it?s improved over the past few years, but I still hate it when I have to use it at work, and I disagree with you on its merits?. But hey, whatever floats your boat!
        stooge51
      • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

        @Cayble So, Safari is "a poor mans imitation of IE with ad ons and goo-gaa's stuck in there to try and prove that because there is some kind of difference it makes them better."

        No, that's right, you obviously haven't used Safari

        Oh, and there's an apostrophe in a possessive noun.
        Graham Ellison
      • IE = CRAP

        @Cayble
        what a joke of a browser, the most amazing thing is there are people making excuses for MS and trying to pretend that IE is on par with the vastly superior competitor products (Safari, FF, Chrome, Opera)
        theo_durcan
      • Please tell me your metrics, theo

        How do you measure how good a browser is? Speed? Roughly the same all around? Synthetic benchmarks? Largely irrelevant. The so-called "standards" tests that focus on a few aspects while leaving out others? Well, let's just say you could make a browser that gets 100% on both the Acid3 and still have it be a crap browser.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

        @Cayble I thought IE was a poor imitation of Netscape Navigator
        edkollin
      • Professionally speaking?

        @Cayble

        As someone who makes his living supporting multiple customers in very different environments, I have to say that the percentage of IE users who have malware issues is larger than the percentage of Firefox or Chrome/Chromium users. My Mac using customers are getting very nervous as they realize that they are becoming more of a target.

        The major issue for us is how to effectively educate the customer's user bases about safe browsing, avoiding phishing sites, etc. Too damn many users are still clicking without thinking.

        My personal browser choice is FF with ad blocking and flash disabled. Despite the complaints about how you need Flash, you just need to look at the continual updates from Adobe to get the distinct impression that using Flash is like holding up a sign saying "Pwn ME!".
        DNSB
    • IE is not a pile of crap anymore

      It has decent standards support, pretty good speed, and uses less resources than Chrome. it's also more secure than Firefox, the sandboxing being great.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Patch Tuesday heads-up: Critical holes in Windows, IE, MS Office

        @goff256

        Yeah, big pile of crap is perhaps an exaggeration, I admit it. It does still bug the crap out of ME though! I do use it at work, and it regularly gives me problems. (Not that Firefox or Chrome are perfect, but they cause less headaches for me even though I use them so much more often)
        stooge51