November '10 Patch Tuesday: 3 Bulletins, 11 Vulnerabilities
Article by George Norman
On 08 Nov 2010
Update November 11
Details on the 3 security bulletins Microsfot rolled out are available
here .

After the record breaking October '10 Patch Tuesday, when Microsoft rolled out a total of 16 security bulletins that addressed 49 vulnerabilities that plagued Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office and the .NET Framework, this month's Patch Tuesday is a lightweight one. This November Redmond-based software giant Microsoft will roll out only 3 bulletins that address a total of 11 vulnerabilities.

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The vulnerabilities in question plague the Microsoft Office productivity suite and Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway. Out of these 3 security bulletins, only one carries the “critical” rating, the highest severity rating used by Microsoft; the other two bulletins are classified as “important”.

An advance notification for the November 2010 Path Tuesday has been posted online here.

“When customers buy Microsoft software, it includes high-quality security updates to be provided via predictable monthly bulletin releases, helping to protect their computing experience over time. As always, we recommend that customers review the ANS [Advance Notification Service] summary page for more information and prepare for the testing and deployment of these bulletins as soon as possible,” commented PR Manager with the Microsoft Security Response Center, Angela Gunn.

As part of the Patch Tuesday program, Microsoft rolls out updates for its products every second Tuesday of the month. Microsoft rarely rolls out updates outside the Patch Tuesday program. The only time the company releases out-of-band updates is when one of its products is plagued by a 0-day vulnerability, a vulnerability that is actively exploited in the wild by people with malicious intent. When that happens Microsoft rushes to push out a fix as soon as possible so that its customers can stay safe and secure.

If you want to stay safe and secure, make sure your operating system has the latest updates and patches, make sure your applications are up-to-date, and use a security software solution. You could for example use Microsoft’s own Microsoft Security Essentials, a security software solution that doesn't cost a thing and offers adequate protection.



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