Yesterday was one of the largest patch days in Windows history, with 16 security bulletins and way of 40 different vulnerabilities patched. If you have not updated your version of Windows yet you should consider doing so immediately to protect it from exploits that target these new vulnerabilities.
But that was not the only good news yesterday concerning Microsoft and security. Lets take a closer look at some of the more interesting topics:
If you have taken a closer look at the vulnerabilities that have been patched yesterday you may have noticed that some target Microsoft's web browser Internet Explorer. New security concepts in Internet Explorer 9, a browser that is currently available as a public beta version, have made the browser immune, which means that it was not affected by the security vulnerabilities.
That's good news considering that Microsoft intends to release Internet Explorer 9 in the near future and that it will add to the security of the computer system.
In other news, Microsoft has added detection and removal routines for Zbot to the Malicious Software Removal Tool. Zbot is one of the largest active botnets and the ability to detect and clean Windows PCs using the free security gives users a tool at hand to effectively remove it from their computer systems. The MSRT is available for download at the official Microsoft website, and via Windows Update.
SDL Regex Fuzzer is another tool that Microsoft has created recently. The free software "will evaluate regular expression patterns to determine whether they could be vulnerable to ReDoS". SDL Regex Fuzzer integrates with the SDL Process Template and MSF-Agile+SDL Process Template to help you track and eliminate detected vulnerabilities.
More information about SDL Regex Fuzzer is available here.
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