Hello and welcome to this month's blog on the Microsoft patch releases. As far as vulnerability counts go, this is the largest patch release since Microsoft started the "Patch Tuesday" program back in late 2003. The release contains eight bulletins covering 28 vulnerabilities.
Of those issues, 23 are rated "Critical" and affect Word, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Visual Basic ActiveX controls, GDI, Windows Search, and Excel. All of the "Critical" issues this month require some sort of user interaction, whether visiting a Web page that contains malicious content or viewing a malicious file. The remaining issues affect GDI, Windows Search, SharePoint, and Windows Explorer; they range in importance from "Important" to "Moderate."
As always, customers are advised to follow security best practices, including:
-Install vendor patches as soon as they are available
-Block external access at the network perimeter to...