July, 2013

  • Are you prepared for the BlueHat Challenge?

    Today we are kicking off a new challenge so you can showcase your security prowess and, if we can, help you build some more. Our BlueHat Challenge is a series of computer security questions, which increase in difficulty as you progress. Only the rare and talented engineer will be able to finish the Challenge on the first attempt. It’s not a contest, so there’s no cash involved here, but there will be some great answers we’ll recognize publicly and you could win yourself a big chunk...
  • Announcing the 2013 MSRC Progress Report featuring MAPP expansions

    Over the years, our customers have come to expect a certain regularity and transparency in both our security updates and the guidance that goes with them. One regular piece of communication about our work is a yearly progress report, which provides a look into the program updates and bulletin statistics from the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). Our report covering July 2012 through June 2013 is available , and it provides a great look back over the past year and includes some exciting new...
  • July 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Today we’re publishing the July 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . During the webcast, we fielded 10 questions covering all updates. All questions are included on the Q&A page. We invite our customers to join us for the next scheduled webcast on Wednesday, August 14th at 11 a.m. PT (UTC -8), when we will go into detail about the August 2013 bulletin release and answer questions live on the air. Customers can register to attend at the link below: Date...
  • A new policy for store apps and the July 2013 security updates

    There are those I’ve met who think my life is something akin to the classic comedy Groundhog Day. No, I don’t wake up to the musical stylings of Sonny and Cher each morning, but month after month after month, the second Tuesday rolls around and I’m involved in releasing security updates. As you may have noticed, there’s a second Tuesday in every month. I don’t say this to garner any sympathy. I enjoy what I do, primarily because I know it helps protect people. It’s...
  • Advance Notification Service for July 2013 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we’re providing advance notification for the release of seven bulletins, six Critical and one Important, for July 2013. The Critical bulletins address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, .NET Framework, Silverlight, Internet Explorer and GDI+. Also scheduled for inclusion among these Critical bulletins is an update to address CVE-2013-3660 , which is a publicly known issue in the Kernel-Mode Drivers component of Windows. The Important-rated bulletin will address an issue in Microsoft...