March, 2013

  • Windows Store App Security Updates

    We are committed to adapting our policies as the world evolves and with the new Windows Store, we evaluated how to best release security updates for Windows Store apps. Our goal is to have a quick, transparent and painless security update process. With this in mind, we will deliver high quality security updates for Windows Store apps as they become available. This applies to Microsoft apps that are installed using the Windows Store and to apps like Mail, which are preinstalled with Windows 8 but...
  • Evolving Response and the March 2013 Bulletin Release

    As my career in security response has grown over the years, I am often reminded of the words of Italian author Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa , who stated, “If we want everything to remain as it is, it will be necessary for everything to change.” There are some things that we wish to stay the same. At Microsoft, we strive to provide protections for our customers while being transparent in our processes and authoritative in our guidance. Of course, as the computing landscape shifts, we must...
  • Advance Notification Service for March 2013 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we’re providing advance notification for the release of seven bulletins, four Critical and three Important, for March 2013. The Critical bulletins address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Silverlight, Internet Explorer, Office and Microsoft Server Software. The three Important-rated bulletins will address issues in Microsoft Windows and Office. As usual, we’ve scheduled the bulletin release for the second Tuesday of the month, March 12, 2013, at approximately 10:00 a.m. PDT. Revisit...
  • March 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Today we’re publishing the March 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We fielded 13 questions on various topics during the webcast, with specific bulletin questions focusing primarily on Internet Explorer ( MS13-021 ), SharePoint ( MS13-024 ) and the update for Kernel-Mode Drivers in MS13-027 . There were six additional questions during the webcast that we were unable to answer on air, and we have also answered those on the Q&A page. We invite our customers to...