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October 10, 2012  2:52 PM

MS Puts Win8 on Patch Tuesday Schedule



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Windows 8, Windows Update

Yeah, sure, yesterday was the second Tuesday of the month. As expected, MS dropped a sizable load of updates for currently supported Windows versions (14-18 for my various 32- and 64-bit Windows 7 machines, and 8 for my sole remaining Windows XP VM; I'll check on Vista later when I take my HP...

April 10, 2009  4:34 PM

Patch Tuesday Preview for April 09



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Patch Tuesday, Windows Update, Windows Vista critical security updates, Windows Vista Important security updates, Windows Vista Moderate security updates, Windows Vista security updates

Next Tuesday, April 14, is Patch Tuesday for this month. As usual, Microsoft e-mailed its Advance Notification yesterday to let us all know what's coming (there's also a Web version as well). Here's what to expect,...


March 13, 2009  4:38 PM

Patch Tuesday March 2009



Posted by: Ed Tittel
KB958960, KB960224, MS09-006, MS09-007, MS09-008, Patch Tuesday, Windows Update

Tuesday, March 10, was the second Tuesday of the month, the day colloquially known to MS system administrators and security mavens as "Patch Tuesday." Here's a smorgasbord of the items that showed up in the list of 3/10/2009 items with relevance for Windows Vista:


February 9, 2009  4:40 PM

Preview of Patch Tuesday Attractions



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, KB890830, KB894199, KB905866, KB950644, KB958653, KB960715, Patch Tuesday, Windows Update

Tomorrow, February 11, is the second Tuesday in February--hence, "Patch Tuesday" is once again at hand. Microsoft publishes advance notification for security bulletins each month on the preceding Thursday, so I can tell...


February 2, 2009  5:34 PM

Windows Service Pack Blocker soon to lose XP (SP3), Vista (SP1) blocks



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows Service Pack Blocker, Windows Update, Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3

Since December 2007, Microsoft has offered a Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit to organizations that wish to prevent deployment of service packs in their environments....


January 19, 2009  4:48 PM

Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool



Posted by: Ed Tittel
antimalware, antispyware, antivirus, HijackThis, rootkit, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (mrt.exe), Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Like clockwork, Microsoft proffers up a new version of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tools on each and every Patch Tuesday. In January, 2009, that item is described in Knowledge Base article KB890830. This tool is not intended to...


January 16, 2009  6:27 PM

Patch Tuesday Brings SMB Relief



Posted by: Ed Tittel
KB890830, KB905866, KB959141, MS09-001, Patch Tuesday, Realtek RTL8168B/8111B GbE Ethernet driver update, Windows Update

Microsoft kicked off 2009 with a very interesting critical security update on the first "Patch Tuesday" of this year: MS09-001 Vulnerabilities in SMB Could Allow Remote Code Execution addresses issues with the Server...


December 17, 2008  9:11 PM

Essential out-of-cycle IE security update now available



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CVE-2008-4844, MS08-078, Security, vulnerability scanner, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2

When Secunia calls a Windows security update "extremely critical" you know a serious vulnerability is being patched. The Windows security community has been abuzz since last week when a number of remote code execution vulnerabilities originally thought limited only to IE 7 turned out to affect...


December 10, 2008  5:27 PM

Patch Tuesday Posts a Plethora of Critical Items



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, MS08-70, MS08-71, MS08-72, MS08-73, MS08-74, MS08-75, MS08-76, MS08-77, Patch Tuesday, Security, Windows Update, Windows Vista

The second Tuesday in each month is when Microsoft schedules its patches, fixes, and security updates. Recently, Microsoft has begun to offer Advance Notification for its Security Bulletins, which makes it a lot easier to...


December 5, 2008  6:55 PM

A Somewhat Hidden Secunia Benefit



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Secunia, Secunia Network Inspector (NSI), vulnerability scanner, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Last week I blogged about Danish information security firm Secunia's outstanding Network Software Inspector. In that capsule summary I neglected to mention that Secunia sends out e-mail...


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