Archive for the 'Security-updates' Category


Extended support for XP Home and Media center

Monday, January 29th, 2007

I want to make a note of this here… Microsoft has announced that XP Home and Media center editions will get extended support on par with that of XP Pro. Essentially this means security updates for these versions of the OS should be available until 2014. Previously support for XP Home was to have ended [...]

Massive Oracle quarterly patches

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

If Microsoft patched 101 flaws in one release it would make big headlines – so this deserves some headlines too…. more coverage at incidents.org    Send article as PDF   

Microsoft October 2006 patch Tuesday

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

The first thing I should mention is that this months update from Microsoft is the last for XP SP1 users should plan a migration path to SP2 to keep getting updates to XP. Multiple vulnerabilities this month have been patched in Office There are 4 advisories, but a total of 15 issues covered by those [...]

October Microsoft update advance notice….

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

11 patches will be released by Microsoft on the 10th of October. Bulletin is here, 6 for windows, 4 for Office (at least one in each of those two batches is critical) and 1 .NET (moderate) – yes the Windows updates will likely require a restart. Betanews has a bit more coverage hoping the WebViewFolderIcon [...]

Exploits in wild for recent Apple vulnerabilities

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

If you’ve been delaying on updating with the recent Apple Mac OS X updates…. don’t, there are exploits in the wild now for at least one. It’s speculated that this code may have been in the wild before Apple released the security updates.    Send article as PDF   

Multiple Apple updates as Mac goes to version 10.4.8

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Apple is fixing 15 security flaws with the 10.4.8 version upgrade of Mac OS X. (There is a second update as well…. Security Update 2006-006). In typical fashion there are a bundle of issues in these updates. Several address remotely exploitable vulnerabilities.    Send article as PDF   

Microsoft releases official VML patch!!

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

The big news this afternoon is that Microsoft HAS gone out of the routine patch cycle to release a security fix for the VML vulnerability that’s been actively exploited in recent days for everything from sneak keylogger installs to massive spyware installs. Sans has a few links, if you de-registered the affected DLL you should [...]

Apple Macbook pro and other wireless fixes

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Do you remember the big bruhaha a month or so back about the “apple wireless vulnerability” that everybody picked apart because in the video taped demonstration they used a third party card…. EVEN though the demonstrators stated that the same vulnerability existed in Apple’s own driver some on the internet tore one reporter up over [...]

ANOTHER Microsoft patch problem

Monday, September 11th, 2006

This is getting to be like clockwork, but it sounds like this may be one of the nastiest problems so far. It appears that there is a problem with one of the recent patches from Microsoft MS06-49. It looks as though the problem is data corruption for small files (under 4096 bytes.) There’s a google [...]

Microsoft’s priorities…

Friday, September 8th, 2006

I didn’t really think of this in context, but George Ou points out that Microsoft issued an “out of cycle” patch for their DRM software in response to the FairUse4WM software that stripped DRM protections from Windows Media Files. It took a mere 3 days from being made aware of the issue to releasing a [...]

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