5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 15, 2011 10:30 AM by Hayton RSS

    Advance notice : Microsoft and Adobe Critical Updates 14 June

    Hayton

      Microsoft is going to make available another large set of product updates on Patch Tuesday, 14 June. These are all rated 'Critical' or 'Important' and will affect all major platforms - XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server - and ALL supported versions of Internet Explorer. There will also be a new release of Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool at the same time. After installation of these patches (aka bug fixes) you will need to restart your PC.

      For full details see the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for June 2011

       

      On the same day Adobe is releasing updates for Adobe Reader X and Adobe Reader 9.4.3 (and earlier) for Windows and Mac, and Adobe Acrobat X and Acrobat 9.4.3 (and earlier) for both platforms. These are Critical updates, and come a week after the emergency out-of-sequence updates for Flash.

      For more details see the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) Blog.

       

      Users with Microsoft Automatic Updates will receive the Microsoft updates automatically; they can also be downloaded from the Microsoft Update site.

       

       

      The increasing frequency of software patches from major vendors to fix critical security flaws means that those users who do not regularly check security websites or forums for news of vulnerabilities and updates are going to be increasingly vulnerable to malware attacks exploiting these security flaws. According to Microsoft many of the PC infections reported to them are caused by users whose third-party software has not been updated for up to two years. If McAfee offered a program to keep users' installed software up to date (as Chrome does, for its third-party plug-ins) their exposure to malware infection would be much reduced.

       

      Message was edited by: Hayton on 11/06/11 18:40:10 IST