Security Corner

Jun 10 2014   6:27PM GMT

Holy Patch Tuesday, Batman! 66 holes in Windows products

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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Adobe
Microsoft

Today is Patch Tuesday and Microsoft’s seven updates address 66 security holes in Windows and related apps. Most of those vulnerabilities — 59 of them –  are in Internet Explorer (MS14-035). No surprise there. It’s the most insecure mainstream browser ever developed. Most of the vulnerabilities were labeled “critical,” meaning the bad guys can exploit them without any conscious help from users. Again, no surprise. You can read all about it here.

Lest I be unduly unfair to Microsoft, Adobe’s update for the Flash Player plugin fixes six bugs. I have the plugin set to ask me if I want to play a video. It’s inconvenient, but a lot safer than trusting a proven insecure plugin.

Bottom line: Apply the patches and hope the bad guys don’t find something MS and Adobe missed in the meantime.

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