Microsoft Security Response Center

The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) identifies, monitors, responds to and resolves security incidents and vulnerabilities in Microsoft software.

April, 2012

  • April 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

    Hello, Today we published the April Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page , and the slide deck presented in the webcast. We fielded 15 questions on various topics during the webcast, including bulletins released, deployment tools, and update detection tools. We invite our customers to join us for the next public webcast on Wednesday, May 9 at 11am PDT (UTC -7), when we will go into detail about the May bulletin release and answer questions live on the air. Customers can...
  • Windows XP and Office 2003 countdown to end of support, and the April 2012 bulletins

    Hello, As you know, today is Update Tuesday. Before I go into the bulletin details, however, I wanted to let you know that today we’re notifying customers that Windows XP and Office 2003 will go out of support in April 2014 . We understand that preparing to deploy the latest versions of Windows and Office may take time for some organizations, and we encourage all customers to upgrade to the latest operating system to help protect your systems. Now, on to the updates. If you’re running...
  • Advance Notification Service for April 2012 security bulletin release

    Hello, Today we’re releasing our advance notification for the April security bulletin release, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10. This month’s release includes 6 bulletins addressing 11 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Forefront UAG, and .NET Framework. All 6 bulletins will be released on Tuesday, April 10 at approximately 10 a.m. PDT. Revisit this blog on Tuesday for our official risk and impact analysis, along with deployment guidance...
  • BlueHat Prize: And now the fun begins

    The entry window for the first annual BlueHat Prize closed at 11:59pm PDT on April 1. We've been eagerly awaiting a final entry count from the contest organizers, and senior security strategist Katie Moussouris has just posted that tally on the EcoStrat blog. Congratulations to all participants and good luck to the BlueHat Prize Board, which finds itself eyebrow-deep in exciting new defensive-security ideas as the competition judging process begins. Angela Gunn Trustworthy Computing.