Yes, it is this time of the months again. Microsoft has just released this month's security bulletins for its Windows and Office products.
The company has released a total of seven bulletins targeting different client and server versions of Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Security Software, and the Microsoft .Net Framework.
Four bulletins have received the highest severity rating of critical, while the other three one of important, the second highest rating.
This means that at least one product is affected by the severity rating, while others may have received the same rating, a lower rating, or may not be affected at all.
The information that you find below provides you with all the information you need to deploy those patches on your system. They help you understand what each bulletin addresses, how it is deployed, and provide you with links to Microsoft pages for additional information.
Operating System Distribution
Six of the seven bulletins address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows client or server software. Least affected on the client side are Windows XP and Windows Vista, followed by Windows 7 and then Windows 8, 8.1, RT and RT 8.1 which are all affected by the most vulnerabilities.
The situation is similar on the server side. Server 2003 and 2008 are the least affected products, followed by Server 2008 R2 which is affected by one additional bulletin, and then Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2 which are affected by one additional bulletin.
There have been no bulletins this month that address security issues in Microsoft Office products.
Microsoft Security Software
Microsoft suggests the following deployment priority for this month's bulletins.
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All security updates are provided via Microsoft's Windows Update service. If the automatic update feature is enabled, updates are distributed automatically to PCs.
You can speed up the discovery of updates though by opening Windows Updates on your system to run a manual check for updates.
If you have blocked automatic updates for more control over the updating process, you may download updates from Microsoft's Download Center website instead were all are made available as well. There you will also find the monthly security ISO image that Microsoft creates, containing all security patches released for that month.
Downloading updates manually makes sense in certain situations. If you need to deploy updates to several local PCs, you will save bandwidth doing so as you only need to download the updates once to deploy them on all PCs.
You can also use third-party software that downloads all Windows patches to your system.
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