Microsoft readies 12 fixes for next Patch Tuesday

By on August 8, 2008, 3:26 PM
IT system administrators will be mighty busy this month, with Microsoft announcing it is prepping 12 security fixes for its next Patch Tuesday release – seven of which are labeled as “critical” and have the potential to allow remote code execution.

Four of the seven critical updates address vulnerabilities in Access, Excel and PowerPoint, while the remaining three target Windows, Internet Explorer and Media Player 11. The five less serious “important” flaws cover vulnerabilities in Windows, Outlook Express and Windows Messenger.

As usual, Microsoft divulged little information about each update, limiting the disclosure to naming the affected software and describing only in general terms the nature of the bugs. Starting October, however, the company will take a major shift in its security strategy by giving security vendors earlier access to technical details of its monthly security patches for them to get ahead of attackers.

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9Nails said:
What a headache! It seems our systems are never patched to a point where they are truly secure. And each time we patch, there seems to be a new update that changes the way we used to do business. I fully appreciate that Microsoft patches their product, but at the same time, I can't help but wonder if the product left the door truly ready for market release.I suppose the old adage that there's security in obscurity is true. Users can preform the same functions under Open Office and Linux without the worry of frequent patching or attack.But I suppose there is another saying to refute my Linux alternative, "job security!" Why would any switch to a secure system that doesn't need frequent updates? Because patch Tuesday justifies the need for an IT department, if nothing more than to keep you on top of the updates.
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