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  • Blog Post: Theoretical Thinking and the June 2014 Bulletin Release

    As security professionals, we are trained to think in worst-case scenarios. We run through the land of the theoretical, chasing “what if” scenarios as though they are lightning bugs to be gathered and stashed in a glass jar. Most of time, this type of thinking is absolutely the correct thing...
  • Blog Post: May 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

    Today we published the May 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We answered 17 questions in total, with the majority focusing on the update for SharePoint ( MS14-022 ), Group Policy ( MS14-025 ) and Internet Explorer ( MS14-029 ). Here is the video replay: We invite...
  • Blog Post: The May 2014 Security Updates

    Today, we released eight security bulletins – two rated Critical and six rated Important – to address 13 Common Vulnerability & Exposures (CVEs) in .NET Framework, Office, SharePoint, Internet Explorer, and Windows. We encourage you to apply all of these updates, but for those who need...
  • Blog Post: Advance Notification Service for the May 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we provide Advance Notification Service (ANS) for the release of eight bulletins, two rated Critical and six rated Important in severity. These updates will address vulnerabilities for .NET Framework, Office, Internet Explorer, and Windows. As we do every month, we’ve scheduled the security...
  • Blog Post: April 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

    Today we published the April 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We answered 13 questions in total, with the majority focusing on the update for Internet Explorer ( MS14-018 ) and the Windows 8.1 Update ( KB2919355 ). Two questions that were not answered on air have been included...
  • 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: Advance Notification Service for the April 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we provide advance notification for the release of four bulletins, two rated Critical and two rated Important in severity. These updates address issues in Microsoft Windows, Office and Internet Explorer. The update provided through MS14-017 fully addresses the Microsoft Word issue first described...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2953095

    Today we released Security Advisory 2953095 to notify customers of a vulnerability in Microsoft Word. At this time, we are aware of limited, targeted attacks directed at Microsoft Word 2010. An attacker could cause remote code execution if someone was convinced to open a specially crafted Rich Text Format...
  • Blog Post: Antimalware Support for Windows XP and the January 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

    Today we’re publishing the January 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We answered 16 questions in total, with the majority of questions focusing on the Dynamics AX bulletin ( MS14-004 ), the update for Microsoft Word ( MS14-001 ) and the re-release of the Windows 7 and...
  • Blog Post: A Look Into the Future and the January 2014 Bulletin Release

    In January, there are those who like to make predictions about the upcoming year. I am not one of those people. Instead, I like to quote Niels Bohr who said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” However, I can say without a doubt that change is afoot...
  • Blog Post: Advance Notification Service for the January 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we provide advance notification for the release of four bulletins for January 2014. All bulletins this month are rated Important in severity and address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, and Dynamics AX. The update provided in MS14-002 fully addresses the issue first described in Security...
  • Blog Post: July 2010 Security Bulletin Release

    Hi everyone. As part of our usual monthly update cycle, today Microsoft is releasing four security bulletins to address five vulnerabilities in Windows and Microsoft Office. MS10-042 resolves a publicly disclosed and actively exploited vulnerability discussed in Security Advisory 2219475 . The update...
  • Blog Post: July 2010 Bulletin Release Advance Notification

    Hi everyone. Today we're releasing our advance notification for the July security bulletin release, which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13. This month's release includes four bulletins addressing five vulnerabilities. Two bulletins, both with a severity rating of Critical, affect Windows. Two...
  • Blog Post: Lovely tokens and the September 2013 security updates

    Helen Hunt Jackson famously wrote, “By all lovely tokens September is here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” I share Helen’s clear adoration for this time of year. As a sports fan, there are so many “lovely tokens” to enjoy. The baseball...
  • Blog Post: Authenticity and the November 2013 Security Updates

    If you haven't had a chance to see the movie Gravity , I highly recommend you take the time to check it out. The plot moves a bit slowly at times, but director Alfonso Cuaron's work portrayal of zero gravity is worth the ticket price alone. Add in stellar acting and you end up with an epic movie that...
  • Blog Post: April 2010 Bulletin Release Advance Notification

    Hi everyone, Our ANS (Advance Notification Service) went out today informing customers that next Tuesday we will release 11 bulletins addressing 25 vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Exchange. We recommend that customers review the ANS summary page and prepare to test and...
  • Blog Post: December 2009 Bulletin Release Advance Notification

    Advance Notification for the December 2009 Security Bulletin Release For December we are planning to release six new security bulletins addressing 12 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Office products. Three of the bulletins have a maximum severity rating of Critical...
  • Blog Post: Advance Notification Service for the May 2013 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we’re providing Advance Notification of 10 bulletins for release on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. This release brings two Critical and eight Important-class bulletins, which address 33 unique vulnerabilities. The Critical-rated bulletins address issues in Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: February 2010 Security Bulletin Release

    MSRC Bulletin Release Blog Post Hi everyone, As mentioned in our ANS blog post last week, today we are releasing 13 bulletins addressing 26 vulnerabilities. 11 bulletins affect Windows and 2 affect older versions of Microsoft Office. In the post on Thursday, we mentioned that bulletins in the ANS listed...
  • Blog Post: September 2010 Security Bulletin Release

    Hi everyone, With this month's bulletin release, I want to highlight the great work done through our partnerships in the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP). MAPP represents our commitment to community based defense and a shared sense of responsibility to help protect the computing ecosystem...
  • Blog Post: December 2009 Security Bulletin Release

    Summary of Microsoft’s Security Bulletin Release for December 2009 As noted in our Advance Notification ( ANS ) last Thursday, for the December bulletin release we issued six security bulletins addressing 12 vulnerabilities. Affected products include Windows, Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Office...
  • 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: June 2010 Security Bulletin Advance Notification

    Hi everyone, Today we published our advance notification for the June security bulletin release, scheduled for release next Tuesday, June 8. This month’s release includes ten bulletins addressing 34 vulnerabilities. Six of the bulletins affect Windows; of those, two carry a Critical...
  • Blog Post: February 2011 Security Bulletin Release

    Hello all -- Today, as part of our monthly security bulletin release, we have 12 bulletins addressing 22 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and IIS (Internet Information Services). Three bulletins are rated Critical, and these are the bulletins we recommend for priority...