By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Java on XP?

July 14th, 2014

Is it still supported, and what should you do about it? Well done to Oracle, which has successfully managed to confuse everyone about what the situation is regarding whether Java (a development platform with a long history of security holes) will continue to be properly supported on Windows XP (an operating system with a long [...]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

July Patch Tuesday is No Time for Vacation

July 8th, 2014

July Patch Tuesday consists of 6 patches from Microsoft – 2 are critical; 3 are important and 1 moderate. When planning time away from the office this week, administrators should know every bulletin impacts nearly every supported Windows Server version. Two of the bulletins even impact Windows Server set to Core mode. Of the 29 [...]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Early Start to Holiday Fireworks with July Patch Tuesday

July 3rd, 2014

Microsoft kicked off the fourth of July fireworks a little early this year by announcing 6 bulletins that will be released in next week’s Patch Tuesday. Two are critical, three important and one moderate. Datacenter administrators shouldn’t plan to be away too much next week since every bulletin impacts nearly every supported Windows Server version. [...]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Microsoft Kicks Off Summer with 7 Patch Tuesday Bulletins

June 10th, 2014

Of the 7 bulletins released today for June Patch Tuesday, 2 are rated critical and 5 are rated important. All together, they cover a total of 66 CVEs but one, MS14-035, remediates 59 of those CVEs. Yes, it’s time for another IE cumulative update and this should (again) be first on your list of patching [...]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Microsoft Kicks Off Summer with 7 Patch Tuesday Bulletins

June 5th, 2014

Today’s advanced notification outlines 7 patches in next week’s June Patch Tuesday; 2 are critical and 5 important. Affected software runs the gamut, as usual, and the first critical bulletin is for IE. Last month, IE saw a lot of activity, first with the out-of-band patch released on May 1, a point fix released as part of May’s Patch [...]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Here’s How to Keep Getting Free Security Updates for Windows XP Until 2019 – And Why You Shouldn’t

May 27th, 2014

Have you heard the news? A way has been found to trick computers into receiving security updates for Windows XP – even though Microsoft stopped officially supporting the operating system back in April. According to a BetaNews report, this could make it possible for users still using creaky old XP to carry on getting security [...]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Patch Management with Microsoft System Center

May 20th, 2014

Compliance and patch management is important, even for Linux and UNIX computers. Starting with System Center 2012 SP1, you can deploy and update software on Linux and UNIX servers using Configuration Manager, but how do Configuration Manager features translate into compliance and patch management? This session explores several solutions to patching Linux/UNIX servers, taking a [...]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

8 Bulletins from Microsoft this May Patch Tuesday

May 13th, 2014

Microsoft released 8 bulletins today – more than we’ve seen in in the last few Patch Tuesdays, and the impact spans numerous software categories. The May patch load includes 8 bulletins, 2 of which are rated critical for a total of 13 CVEs. The busy Patch Tuesday comes on the heels of the out-of-band patch [...]



By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Patch Tuesday Sounds the Death Knell for Win XP

May 13th, 2014

So this is it. The big one. We’ve had false starts before, but this time Microsoft really *are* going to tell the world about security vulnerabilities in Windows and *not* patch them in XP. As soon as Microsoft releases its regular bundle of security patches later today, the clock starts ticking. Because malicious hackers and penetration testers [...]



By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Busy Patch Tuesday for May Including More for IE

May 8th, 2014

Microsoft is set to release more bulletins next week than we’ve seen in in the last few Patch Tuesdays, and the impact looks to be significant. The May patch load will include 8 bulletins, 2 of which are rated critical. The busy month comes just one-week after the out-of-band patch for IE, MS14-021, released by [...]


By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Windows 8.1 Update – Microsoft forces users to update OS if they want future security updates

April 9th, 2014

Most of the attention this week, from the patching point of view at least, has been directed towards the last ever security fixes for Windows XP. Microsoft warned in 2007 that it would no longer be supporting Windows XP after April 8th, 2014, and they have kept true to their promise – meaning that all [...]


By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Final Patch Tuesday Quietly Ushers Out XP and 2003

April 8th, 2014

2 Critical 2 Important In the final Patch Tuesday for Windows XP and Office 2003, Microsoft released 4 patches today, two critical and two important that cover a total of just 11 CVEs. While an unusually small Patch Tuesday, it isn’t surprising Microsoft included final fixes in XP and Office 2003. For that reason, this [...]


By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Security Holes Uncovered by Google in Apple Safari, as Microsoft Readies Final Patches for XP

April 3rd, 2014

Next Tuesday, April 8 2014, will see a very special bundle of “Patch Tuesday” updates coming from Microsoft. What will make the patches memorable will not be so much what vulnerabilities they protect Windows computer users against, but rather that they will include – for the very last time – security patches for the ageing [...]


By: - Director, Product Management

@russbernst

Final Patch Tuesday for Windows XP and Office 2003

April 3rd, 2014

In the final Patch Tuesday for Windows XP and Office 2003, Microsoft will release four bulletins next week, two critical and two important. Not surprisingly, Microsoft is including final fixes in XP and Windows 2003 so this will be an important Patch Tuesday for users who rely on this outdated code that moves to self-support [...]


By: - Independent Computer Security Analyst

@gcluley

Isn’t It Time Oracle Gave Us Monthly Security Updates for Java?

March 24th, 2014

In some ways, it could be argued that Java is an incredible success. I’m serious. Stop laughing at the back. You see, according to Oracle, Java’s developer, the product is used on over 3 billion different devices worldwide. That *is* impressive. But, for those of us concerned with securing systems and keeping computer data safe, [...]



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