Microsoft a couple of minutes ago has released security patches for several of its products as part of this month's patch day. A total of nine security bulletins affecting one or multiple Microsoft products have been released. Products affected by security issues are Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Security Software and Microsoft Server Software.
When we look at the maximum severity rating, we see that there are two bulletins with the highest severity rating of critical while the remaining seven are all listed as important. What this means is that there is at least one product affected by the highest severity rating while others may have received the same, a lower rating, or no rating at all if they are not affected by the vulnerability.
As always, we being by looking at at the list of security bulletins sorted by operating systems. First, the Windows desktop operating systems starting with Windows XP and then the server operating systems starting with Windows Server 2003. Windows XP is most severely affected this month while Windows 8 is the least affected (not counting Windows RT ). As far as server operating systems go we conclude that the bulletins are most severe on the older systems while less severe on newer versions.
You can use the deployment priority guide to determine the order in which the security patches should be installed on affected systems. This is helpful for system administrators and network admins who need to patch multiple PCs running a Microsoft product. It may also be helpful for end users who test patches thoroughly before they are installed on productive systems.
Microsoft suggests to start deploying the two critical updates first, MS13-028 and MS13-029, then the following group of four important updates, MS13-036, MS13-031, MS13-034 and MS13-032, before the remaining three important updates are deployed (MS13-033, MS13-036 and MS13-030).
Microsoft has released the following non-security updates for various products as well. Consult the list below to find out more about those updates:
Windows updates can be installed using the operating system's automatic update feature which is the most comfortable way and the preferred option for the majority of home users.
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.
Updates are also available on Microsoft's Download Center where they can be downloaded as standalone updates or in form of a monthly security ISO that contains all security patches of a particular month.
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