Hello and welcome to this month’s blog on the Microsoft patch releases. This month’s release is the largest bulletin count since the start of the Patch Tuesday program, and a tie for the largest number of vulnerabilities addressed—the vendor is releasing 14 bulletins covering a total of 34 vulnerabilities.
Fourteen of the issues are rated “Critical” and affect Windows, SMB Server, Internet Explorer, Word, and Silverlight. Of particular note, the SMB Server issue can be exploited remotely, without authentication, to completely compromise an affected computer. The remaining issues, rated “Important” and “Moderate,” affect SMB Server, Windows, Word, and Excel.
As always, customers are advised to follow these security best practices:
- Install vendor patches as soon as they are available.
- Run all software with the least privileges required while still maintaining functionality.
- Avoid handling files from unknown or questionable sources....