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  • Blog Post: August 2014 Security Updates

    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released nine security updates – two rated Critical and seven rated Important – to address 37 Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVEs) in SQL Server, OneNote, SharePoint, .NET, Windows and Internet Explorer (IE). We encourage you to apply all of these...
  • Blog Post: The April 2014 Security Updates

    T. S. Elliot once said, “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” So as we put one season to bed, let’s start another by looking at the April security updates . Today, we release four bulletins to address...
  • Blog Post: The March 2014 Security Updates

    This month we release five bulletins to address 23 unique CVEs in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Silverlight. If you need to prioritize, the update for Internet Explorer addresses the issue first described in Security Advisory 2934088 , so it should be at the top of your list. While that update...
  • Blog Post: Baseball, Bulletins and the February 2013 Release

    Before we discuss this month’s release, I wanted to briefly touch on the big event happening this week. No, I’m not talking about the romantically-themed holiday on Thursday. I’m talking about the start of spring training and the return of baseball. There are a few things I am very...
  • Blog Post: Out with the old, in with the April 2013 security updates

    Windows XP was originally released on August 24, 2001. Since that time, high-speed Internet connections and wireless networking have gone from being a rarity to the norm, and Internet usage has grown from 360 million to almost two-and-a-half billion users. Thanks to programs like Skype, we now make video...
  • Blog Post: May 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    For those who couldn’t attend the live webcast, today we’re publishing the May 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 ( MS13-037 and...
  • Blog Post: September 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Today we’re publishing the September 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . The majority of questions focused on Office bulletins, especially SharePoint Server ( MS13-067 ). We received multiple Office related questions that were very similar in nature, so the questions have...
  • Blog Post: November 2012 Bulletin Release

    Security Updates Today we released six security bulletins to help protect our customers - four Critical, one Important, and one Moderate – addressing 19 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Shell, Windows Kernel, Internet Explorer, Internet Information Services (IIS), .NET Framework, and Excel...
  • Blog Post: April 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Today we’re publishing the April 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We fielded nine questions during the webcast, with almost half of those focused on the Remote Desktop Client bulletin ( MS13-024 ). One question that was not answered on air has been included on the Q&A...
  • Blog Post: The October 2013 security updates

    This month we release eight bulletins – four Critical and four Important - which address 25* unique CVEs in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, SharePoint, .NET Framework, Office, and Silverlight. For those who need to prioritize their deployment planning, we recommend focusing on MS13-080, MS13...
  • Blog Post: May 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast, Slide Deck, and Q&A

    Hello, Today we published the May Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page , and the May 2012 Security Bulletin Release Webcast slide deck . During the webcast, we fielded 8 questions on various topics, including bulletins released, deployment tools, and update detection tools. We...
  • Blog Post: December 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Hello, Today we’re publishing the December 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . During the webcast, we fielded five questions focusing primarily on Microsoft Word and the Office compatibility pack in MS12-079 . All questions are included on the Q&A page. We invite...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the 1024-bit world and the October security updates

    As previously mentioned in the Advance Notification blog on Thursday, today we’re releasing seven bulletins, one Critical-class and six Important-class bulletins. Before we discuss those releases, let’s take a closer look at the Security Advisories we also released today. Security Advisory...
  • Blog Post: Advance Notification Service for November 2012 Security Bulletin Release

    Today, we’re providing advance notification for six bulletins to help protect customers against 19 CVEs. The four Critical-rated updates will address 13 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and the .NET Framework. One bulletin rated Important will address four vulnerabilities...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: MBSA 2.3 and the November 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Today we’re publishing the November 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . The majority of questions focused on the ActiveX Kill Bits bulletin ( MS13-090 ) and the advisories. We also answered a few general questions that were not specific to any of this month’s updates...
  • Blog Post: It’s That Time of Year, For the December 2012 Bulletin Release

    Happy holidays! I hope everyone is enjoying the festive season. I like to get my holiday shopping done early, and this year was no exception. In the middle of my holiday shopping last week, as I passed my cash from one store to the next, I was reminded of “Pass-the-Hash.” (My mind does tend...
  • Blog Post: August 2012 Bulletin Release

    Security Advisory 2661254 - Update For Minimum Certificate Key Length Before we get into the details of this month’s bulletin release, let’s take a look at an important change on how Windows deals with certificates that have RSA keys of less than 1024 bits in length. We’ve been talking...
  • Blog Post: KB2839011 Released to Address Security Bulletin Update Issue

    Portuguese (Brazil) , Русский We are aware that some of our customers may be experiencing difficulties after applying security update 2823324 , which we provided in security bulletin MS13-036 on Tuesday, April 9. We’ve determined that the update, when paired with certain third-party software...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft security updates and the Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework

    As a part of the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI), Microsoft is pleased to present an initial set of monthly security updates – originally released on May 8 – in the consortium’s newly established Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework (CVRF...
  • Blog Post: June 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Today we’re publishing the June 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We fielded three questions during the webcast, with specific questions focusing primarily on Windows Print Spooler ( MS13-050 ), Microsoft Office ( MS13-051 ), and the security advisory addressing digital...
  • Blog Post: Advance Notification Service for the April 2013 Security Bulletin Release

    In celebration of spring’s onset, today we’re providing advance notification for the April 2013 release of nine bulletins; two Critical and seven Important. The Critical bulletins address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer, and the seven Important-rated bulletins will...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Advance Notification Service for October 2013 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we’re providing advance notification for the release of eight bulletins, four Critical and four Important, for October 2013. The Critical updates address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, .NET Framework and Windows. The Critical update for Internet Explorer will be a cumulative update...
  • Blog Post: 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...