Microsoft slates 22 patches for Windows, IE next week
Aging XP escapes majority of updates planned for Windows
Computerworld - Microsoft today said it will ship 13 security updates next week to patch 22 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Windows, Visio and Visual Studio.
Next Tuesday's patch lineup is larger than July's on the update count, but matches that month's vulnerability total. That's unusual, since the company usually delivers a heavier load in even-numbered months.
"Twenty-two [vulnerabilities] is not a big month, it's more in the medium range, what with the larger numbers we've seen so far in 2011," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security.
"Overall, it's what we could have expected, although as an 'up' month, the number [of vulnerabilities] isn't up to the usual," said Storms. "The number [of flaws] each month is increasing.... A new baseline is being drawn this year."
In June, for example, Microsoft issued 16 updates -- the company calls them "bulletins" -- that patched 34 bugs. Two months before that, Microsoft fixed 64 flaws with 17 bulletins.
Two of the 13 bulletins for this month's Patch Tuesday were rated "critical" by Microsoft, the highest threat ranking in its four-step system. Nine were pegged "important" and the remaining pair were labeled "moderate."
The usual bi-monthly update for Internet Explorer (IE) was one of the two judged critical, and will probably be the one that most experts recommend users deploy first, said Storms.
"The IE [update] is critical across the board," noted Storms, referring to the details that Microsoft posted in its monthly advance notification today. "True to form, it will be the one most say should be patched first because client-side bugs are the top priority and the most targeted."
All versions of IE will be patched next Tuesday, including the newest edition, IE9. At least some of the bugs -- Microsoft almost always fixes multiple flaws in each of the six browser security updates it does annually -- for each version will be pegged critical, meaning that they can be used by attackers to compromise a Windows PC.
Microsoft first patched IE9 in June, three months after its release, when the company plugged four critical holes in the browser.
The other critical update planned for next week is for the two newest versions of Microsoft's server software, Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2. The eight-year-old Server 2003 is also affected, but Microsoft rated the update as important, not critical, for that edition.
As he as before, Storms today bemoaned the dearth of information that could be gleaned from the advance notice.
"It's a tea leaf month," Storms said. "It's like reading tea leaves. There's very little to go on and a lot of data at the same time. It's just difficult to read anything from what we have here."
- 15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
- How 19 Tech Titans Target Healthcare
- Twitter Suffering From Growing Pains (and Facebook Comparisons)
- Agile Comes to Data Integration
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- The 12 PCI DSS 3.0 requirements addressed by Peer 1 Hosting This handy quick reference outlines the 12 PCI DSS 3.0 requirements, who needs to be compliant and how Alert Logic solutions address the...
- Defense Throughout the Vulnerability Life Cycle This whitepaper provides insight into how to leverage threat and log management technologies to protect your IT assets throughout their vulnerability life cycle.
- Mobile Policy Checklist Here's what to consider when putting together a mobile policy designed to support a highly productive workforce.
- Securing BYOD Mobile computing is becoming so ubiquitous that people no longer bat an eye seeing someone working two devices simultaneously. Individuals and organizations are...
- Live Webcast On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy...
- Live Webcast Endpoint Backup & Restore: Protect Everyone, Everywhere Arek Sokol from the bleeding-edge IT team at Genentech/Roche explains how he leverages cross-platform enterprise endpoint backup in the public cloud as part...
- Streamline Software Asset Management, Compose a software Management Symphony Keeping track of your organization's software is easy with effective software management solutions from CDW. View the videos in our software solutions channel
- Druva inSync: Endpoint Data Protection & Governance CLICK HERE to watch this video about protecting corporate data on laptops and mobile devices, sponsored by Druva. All Security White Papers | Webcasts