Microsoft Security Bulletins For September 2014
Welcome to the September 2014 Microsoft update overview. It provides you with information about all security and non-security updates that Microsoft has released since August's patch day.
Microsoft released a total of four security bulletins this month fixing a total of 42 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft .NET Framework, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Lync Server.
One of the bulletins has the highest security rating critical while the remaining three the second highest rating of important.
You find detailed information about all four bulletins and other patches that Microsoft released this month below.
If you are in a hurry, check out the executive summary and the deployment guide to get started.
- A total of four security bulletins addressing 42 vulnerabilities have been released this month.
- Affected by vulnerabilities are Microsoft Windows operating systems. Internet Explorer. the .NET Framework and Lync Server.
- One bulletin received the highest severity rating of critical.
- Top deployment this month is MS14-052, a critical bulletin that addresses issues in Internet Explorer.
Operating System Distribution
Client and server operating systems may be affected by security vulnerabilities in different ways. Windows Vista and Windows 7 are only affected by two of the three bulletins affecting the client side of things while all Windows 8 and Windows RT versions are affected by three.
The same is true for server operating systems but with the difference that server systems are not affected in a critical way while all client operating systems are.
- Windows Vista: 1 critical, 1 important
- Windows 7: 1 critical, 1 important
- Windows 8: 1 critical, 2 important
- Windows 8.1: 1 critical, 2 important
- Windows RT: 1 critical, 2 important
- Windows RT 8.1: 1 critical, 2 important
- Windows Server 2003: 1 important, 1 moderate
- Windows Server 2008: 1 important, 1 moderate
- Windows Server 2008 R2: 1 important, 1 moderate
- Windows Server 2012: 2 important, 1 moderate
- Windows Server 2012 R2: 2 important, 1 moderate
- Server Core installation: 2 important
Other Microsoft Product Distribution
- Microsoft Lync Server: 1 important
- Tier 1: MS14-052 Internet Explorer (critical)
- Tier 2: MS14-054 Task Scheduler and MS14-053 Microsoft .NET Framework (both important)
- Tier 3: MS14-055 Lync Server (important)
- MS14-052 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2977629) - Critical - Remote Code Execution
- MS14-053 - Vulnerability in .NET Framework Could Allow Denial of Service (2990931) - Important - Denial of Service
- MS14-054 - Vulnerability in Windows Task Scheduler Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2988948) - Important - Elevation of Privilege
- MS14-055 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Lync Server Could Allow Denial of Service (2990928) - Important - Denial of Service
Security related updates
MS14-045: Security Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Server 2012, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP Embedded (KB2993651)
Non-security related updates
- Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2977728)
- Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2978092) - Graphics software or applications crash when they use WARP for software rendering in Windows
- Update for Windows 8 and Windows RT (KB2979501)
- Update for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB2981685)
- Update for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB2984005)
- Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2984006)
- Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2985461)
- Update for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB2989540)
- Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2989647)
- Update for Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 (KB2989956)
- Update for Windows 8.1 (KB2990967)
- Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - September 2014 (KB890830)
- Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2970228) - Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows
- Update for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB2975331) - August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012
- Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2975719) - August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
- Update for Windows 8 and Windows RT (KB2973544) - An update to enable an automatic update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1
How to download and install the August 2014 security updates
The security updates are downloaded and installed automatically on most client systems. While that is the case it is still recommended to check for the updates manually as some time may pass before the system itself picks them up.
You can do so with a tap on the Windows-key, typing Windows Update and selecting the result of the same name. A click on check for updates on the new page runs a manual check for updates.
The operating system will display all found updates with options to download and install them right away.
All updates are also available for download on Microsoft's Download Center. Here you will also find security ISO images for the month which include all patches so that they don't have to be downloaded individually.