The last Patch Tuesday of the year has arrived and it brings along seven security bulletins that fix vulnerabilities in Microsoft products. Five of the seven bulletins have a maximum severity rating of critical which means that there is at least one Microsoft product that is affected critically by them.
The bulletins address a total of 12 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Server software. Microsoft recommends to focus deployment on the MS12-077 and MS12-079 vulnerabilities first affecting Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word before deployment of the other patches on affected systems.
Check out the bulletin deployment priority guide below for suggestions on how to deploy the bulletins on affected computer systems.
Microsoft Surface users may also notice improvements after the update. It increases the Wi-Fi reliability of Surface, improved connectivity and performance including support for access point names that use non standard ASCII characters and reduction in scenarios resulting in limited WiFi connectivity.
Updates are as usual available via Windows Update or Microsoft's Download Center. The download center is ideal for deployment on multiple systems, Windows Update if you only need to patch a single system to protect if from exploits targeting the vulnerabilities.
You can download the December 2012 Security Release ISO image from the Download Center which includes all the bulletins released by Microsoft.
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