Patch day has arrived and boy it is a big one. A total of 12 security bulletins are released today that address a total of 57 different vulnerabilities in Microsoft products. The majority of vulnerabilities affect one or multiple versions of the Windows operating system, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software and the Microsoft .Net Framework.
When you look at the maximum severity rating, that is the highest rating that at least one Microsoft product received, you will notice that five bulletins have received the highest possible rating critical, while the remaining seven vulnerabilities one of important, the second highest rating.
Here is the list of bulletins by operating system. First the desktop systems and then the server operating systems.
Security Advisory 2755801 revised to address Adobe Flash Player issues in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8.
Every month, Microsoft releases a graphic that details the suggested deployment priority for businesses and computer networks. The suggested course of action is to start at the top and work your way down to the bottom. The order is computed by several variables, including the severity rating, exploitability index rating, available mitigations and workarounds, and the range of affected products.
The majority of Windows users should receive the updates automatically as Windows is configured by default to install important security updates automatically. You can speed that up by checking for updates manually. On Windows 7 and older versions, you enter Windows Update in the start menu and select the appropriate option which should either open a web browser or the control panel.
On Windows 8 you tap on the Windows key to get to the start screen interface, enter Windows update, select Settings on the Charms Bar, and then Check for updates in the results listing.
Here you can click on check for updates to run a manual update check. Windows should pick up the new updates right away so that you can download and install them to your system.
If you need to or want to test updates before you install them you should download them from Microsoft's Download Center instead where they are available as standalone updates and as a monthly security ISO disc image that you can download and burn to DVD or mount on the system.
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