Hello and welcome to this month’s blog on the Microsoft patch releases. This is, by far, the largest Patch Tuesday release since the start of the program. The vendor is releasing 16 bulletins covering a total of 49 vulnerabilities, including one of the zero-day vulnerabilities used by the Stuxnet threat.
Five of the issues are rated “Critical” and affect Internet Explorer, Embedded OpenType Fonts, .NET, and Media Player. The majority of the issues being addressed this month affect Excel (13 issues), Office (11 issues), and Internet Explorer (10 issues). The remaining issues affect Windows kernel-mode drivers, SChannel, OpenType Fonts, Shared Cluster Disks, Common Control Library, Local Procedure Call (LPC), Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), Active Template Library, Sharepoint, and Groove.
As always, customers are advised to follow these security best practices:
- Install vendor patches as soon as...