Welcome to the overview of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday for July 2014. It lists all information about this month's security and non-security updates for Microsoft operating systems and other company products.
A total of six bulletins are released this month that fix 29 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Server Software.
Two of the bulletins have received the highest severity rating of critical, three a severity rating of important, and one of moderate. This means that at least one Microsoft product is affected by the severity in this way, while other products may be affected in the same way, less, or not at all.
Check out the executive summary below if you are in a hurry, or read all sections of the guide for the complete picture.
Operating System Distribution
All Windows client-based operating systems with the exception of Windows RT and RT 8.1 share the same vulnerability distribution. All are affected by two critical and three important bulletins. Windows RT and RT 8.1 are affected by two critical and two important bulletins.
The server distribution is identical as well except for Windows Server 2003 which is affected less severely. All server-based Windows products except 2003 are affected by one critical, three important and one moderate bulletin. Server 2003 is only affected by one important and one moderate vulnerability.
Windows Vista: 2 critical, 3 important
Windows 7: 2 critical, 3 important
Windows 8: 2 critical, 3 important
Windows 8.1: 2 critical, 3 important
Windows RT: 2 critical, 2 important
Windows RT 8.1: 2 critical, 2 important
Windows Server 2003: 1 important, 1 moderate
Windows Server 2008: 1 critical, 3 important, 1 moderate
Windows Server 2008 R2: 1 critical, 3 important, 1 moderate
Windows Server 2012: 1 critical, 3 important, 1 moderate
Windows Server 2012 R2: 1 critical, 3 important, 1 moderate
Server Core installation: 2 important
Microsoft suggests the following deployment priority for this month's bulletins:
Non-security related updates
How to download and install the July 2014 security updates
Downloads are offered via Windows Update and Microsoft's Download Center. If Windows update has not been modified, updates are downloaded and installed automatically on target systems.
It may still be worthwhile to check for updates manually since it may take a while before Windows runs an automatic check for updates.
The easiest way to do so is to tap on the Windows-key, tape Windows Update, and select the results from the list. Here you need to click on check for updates to run the check manually.
You can download all updates individually or in form of a monthly security ISO image from Microsoft's Download Center as well.
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