Yes it is this day of the month ago. Microsoft has just released this month collection of updates and patches for its products. A total of seven security bulletins have been released this month that resolve security related issues in programs such as Microsoft Office, Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Server Software.
Four of the seven bulletins have received a maximum severity rating of critical, the highest rating available for vulnerabilities, while the remaining three received one of important, the second highest rating available. What this means is that at least one affected product has received the rating, while other products may have received the same, a lower, or no rating at all if they are not affected by the vulnerability.
Here is the list of bulletins by operating system. First the desktop systems and then the server operating systems. Note that only two of the bulletins affect the Windows operating system or products that run on it. The remaining bulletins are for Office products and other Microsoft software.
The Bulletin Deployment Priority table provides guidance to system administrators in regards to the order in which bulletins should be installed on affected computer systems. Microsoft suggests to start with MS13-021, MS13-022 and MS13-027 first and in that order, then with MS13-023 and MS13-024, before deploying MS13-025 and MS13-026. It goes without saying that these bulletins only need to be deployed on systems the products run on.
In addition to security related updates, Microsoft has also made available non-security related updates this month:
The recommended way to install these updates for home users is to use Windows Update. You can run a manual check for updates via the start menu. If you are using Windows 8, do the following instead:
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.
The updates are also available on Microsoft's Download Center where they can be downloaded as individual updates to the local system. That's useful if they need to be deployed on a company network for example, or if you want greater control over the updating process itself.
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