It is the first Microsoft patch day of the new year and we continue our monthly series where we look at the security bulletins that get released, how the bulletins are best deployed and what you need to know besides that. Microsoft has released a total of seven bulletins of which two have a maximum severity rating of critical, the highest possible rating while the remaining five bulletins have received a severity rating of important.
What that means? There is at least one Microsoft product version that is affected by that severity. When you look at the products you will notice that six of the seven bulletins fix issues in Microsoft's Windows operating system, two in Microsoft's .Net Framework and Microsoft Server Software, and one in Microsoft Office and Developer Tools.
Microsoft has revised two advisories this month. First Security Advisory 2755801 which addresses the latest issues in Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 10. It is a cumulative update that contains all previous updates for Flash Player.
The second revised advisory is Security Advisory 973811 which adds a Fix It that automatically "sets Windows XP and Server 2003 systems to only allow NTLMv2".
You have a couple of options to download and install the new security updates. If you have automatic updates enabled you do not really need to do anything. I'd still suggest you open Windows Update to check for new updates right away as it can take a while before Windows picks those up manually.
If you do not have automatic updates enabled you can download the updates from Microsoft's Download Center. Here you find each update listed that was released today, as well as a monthly security ISO DVD that contains them all.
You may want to consider the second option if you need to deploy the updates on multiple machines as you need to download them once only using the method.
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