Today is the second Tuesday of the month and that means it is Microsoft Patch Day. Microsoft is keeping a tight schedule when it comes to security patches. If they are not heavily exploited or very critical they are released on the second Tuesday of each month. Today's patch day is already available via the official channels including Windows Update and Microsoft Downloads.
The Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2010 lists a total of 15 security bulletins that have been released this month, of which nine address security vulnerabilities with a maximum severity rating of critical, the highest possible rating. Maximum severity in this regard means that at least one Microsoft operating system or product is affected critically by the vulnerability.
Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 7 for instance is not as severely affected as Windows XP. The highest Windows 7 severity rating is important, while Windows XP is affected by several critically rated security vulnerabilities.
In other news, Adobe has also released security updates for Adobe Flash Player that affect version 10.1.53.64 and earlier of the popular browser plugin. Adobe Air is also affected with versions 22.214.171.12410 and earlier. The latest version of Adobe Flash Player can be downloaded from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center.
Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player version 10.1.53.64 and earlier. These vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2010-0209).
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2010-2188).
This update resolves multiple memory corruption vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2010-2213).
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2010-2214).
This update resolves a vulnerability that could lead to a click-jacking attack. (CVE-2010-2215).
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2010-2216).
Adobe Air users can download the latest version of adobe Air from the download center.
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