February Patch Tuesday: And the Hits Keep On Comin’

If you thought February would be a light update month given January Patch Tuesday’s patch load of nine updates including end of support for the Windows 8 OS and all but the current version of IE, you thought wrong. Microsoft released a whopping 13 bulletins addressing 36 unique vulnerabilities in today’s February Patch Tuesday and 6 of them are considered critical.

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Final Support for Win 8 and IE 8, 9 and 10 in January 2016 Patch Tuesday

Microsoft isn’t messing around with the first Patch Tuesday of 2016. Today’s release of 9 bulletins, 6 critical and 3 important, include the last available updates for the 2012 disaster that was Windows 8 – not 8.1 – and Internet Explorer versions 8, 9 and 10. The move is further evidence Microsoft is testing the waters for providing OS-as-a-service with shorter end of support cycles for anything other than the most current OS and browser versions.

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12 Bulletins Close Out Final Patch Tuesday of 2015

In the final Patch Tuesday of 2015, Microsoft released 12 bulletins; 8 are critical and 4 are important. 8 out of the 8 critical bulletins and 2 out of the 4 important bulletins allow remote code execution, so this is a Patch Tuesday that should be taken very seriously. These 12 bulletins bring our total to 135 this year,

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November Patch Tuesday Blows Past Old Records

Today, on the November edition of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft issued 12 security updates addressing a total of 53 vulnerabilities. Four of them are rated critical and the remaining eight are important and the impacted software list is long. While last month’s patch load made 2015 the biggest patch year in recent memory, this month proves there is no slowing down.

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Patch Tuesday Still Alive and Well – And Offering Something for Everyone

Despite the launch of Windows 10 and all the talk about mandatory updates, today is still Patch Tuesday. And this month, everyone should pay attention. Microsoft shared avulnerability smorgasbord today – offering a little something for everyone. From office and browser applications to desktops and servers, Microsoft covered them all with 14 bulletins.

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Windows 10 – Cause for Confusion

As of August 1, ComputerWorld reported Windows 10 global usage had climbed to 2.5%. Not too shabby for the OS that was launched just three days earlier on July 29. Those numbers easily beat early adoption rates for Windows 8.1 but, I wonder how those users are faring? A quick read of headlines shows a lot of headaches ranging from overall privacy concerns to unwanted update files being delivered to networked machines still running Windows 7 or 8.1.

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Critical Out-of-Band Patch from Microsoft – Update Now!

No sooner have you digested the latest Patch Tuesday releases than you’re hit by a relatively rare out-of-band patch from Microsoft. As Russ said in his post, it’s definitely a crazy month!

This emergency patch corrects a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability found in all supported versions of Windows – including the soon-to-be released Windows 10.

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R.I.P. Windows Server 2003

As you should know by now, Microsoft ended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. But surveys suggest that many organizations may not be ready:

  • 50% of organizations started 2015 with no migration plan – or were unaware that support was ending.
  • 1/3 of organizations hope to complete their migrations sometime after the end-of-support date – stretching out to 2016 – while another 1/3 were unsure when they will complete the migration.

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Adobe Overshadows ‘Last’ Microsoft Patch Tuesday

In the last Patch Tuesday before users may upgrade their Windows operating systems to Windows 10 on July 29 and subsequently enlist a changed patching process, we have 14 updates to deal with from Microsoft that address 59 total vulnerabilities. Equally as important however are the three 0-days in Adobe Flash Player and an impending 193 new fixes from Oracle,

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Time to Patch … Tuesday for June

This June Patch Tuesday we have a slightly smaller patch load from Microsoft, taking us back to more historic average releases of 8 bulletins. We have just 2 critical patches to deal with and 6 important. While this is good news for those that have their sights set on some summer vacation, this release also makes us wonder how many more of these Patch Tuesday cycles will we have?

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Nope, Patch Tuesday Has Not Gone Away: It’s a Monster May

Rumours of the demise of Patch Tuesday have been squelched for now, with today’s release of 13 security bulletins from Microsoft. It’s May Patch Tuesday and while last week’s announcement of Windows Update for Business (WUB) makes it clear as mud whether or not Microsoft will in fact continue to provide monthly security patches for the enterprise as they have since 2003 on the second Tuesday of every month,

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Another Big Update for April Patch Tuesday

Another high number of updates have been released by Microsoft this April Patch Tuesday – 11 security bulletins have been distributed in all; 4 of them are critical and 7 important. This is a follow-up to last month’s big Patch Tuesday with 14 bulletins. April will be an important month for your server team,

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