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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: Advance Notification Service for the June 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we provide advance notification for the release of seven Bulletins, two rated Critical and five rated Important in severity. These Updates are for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer. The Update for Internet Explorer addresses CVE-2014-1770 , which we have not seen used in...
  • 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: 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: Q&A from the December 2010 Security Bulletin Webcast

    Hello, Today we published the December 2010 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We fielded 17 questions, most concerning the Internet Explorer update and the re-releases of bulletins this month. We invite our customers to join us for the next public webcast on Wednesday, January...
  • Blog Post: Advance Notification Service for August 2012 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we're providing advanced notification on the release of nine bulletins, five Critical and four Important, for August 2012. The five Critical security bulletins are addressing ten vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Exchange, SQL Server, Server Software, and Developer Tools...
  • Blog Post: August 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Today we’re publishing the August 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We fielded 13 questions on various topics during the webcast, with specific bulletin questions focusing primarily on Exchange Server ( MS13-061 ) and Windows Kernel ( MS13-063 ). There were 3 additional...
  • Blog Post: Predictions and the January 2013 Bulletin Release

    At the end of each year, some folks take a moment to jot down predictions about what the coming year has in store. I, on the other hand, do not do predictions. I am neither prognosticator, seer, fortune teller, prophet, clairvoyant, soothsayer, nor medium; although I have been accused of being a thaumaturge...
  • Blog Post: August 2010 Security Bulletin Release

    Hello all. As part of our usual cycle of monthly updates, today Microsoft is releasing 14 security bulletins, addressing 34 vulnerabilities. Eight of those bulletins have a Critical severity rating, and we consider four of those to be high-priority deployments: MS10-052 This bulletin resolves a...
  • Blog Post: April 2011 Security Bulletin Release

    Hello again everyone, Pete Voss here, and as I previously mentioned in the Advanced Notification blog on Thursday, today we are releasing 17 security bulletins, nine of which are Critical, and eight rated Important. These bulletins will increase protection by addressing 64 unique vulnerabilities...
  • 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: Q&A from May 2011 Security Bulletin Webcast

    Hello, Today we published the May Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We fielded twelve questions on various topics during the webcast, including bulletins released and the Malicious Software Removal Tool. There were two questions during the webcast that we were unable to answer...
  • Blog Post: March 2011 Security Bulletin Release

    Hello all -- Today, as part of our monthly security bulletin release, we have three bulletins addressing four vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. One bulletin is rated Critical, and this is the bulletin we recommend for priority deployment: MS11-015 . This bulletin resolves...
  • Blog Post: January 2011 Security Bulletin Release

    Hello - Today as part of our monthly security bulletin release we have two bulletins addressing three vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Windows Server. This first bulletin is rated Important, while the second is rated Critical. MS11-001 . This bulletin resolves one reported issue rated...
  • Blog Post: Q&A From the August 2011 Security Bulletin Webcast

    Hello, Today we published the August Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . We fielded six questions on various topics during the webcast, including bulletins released and the Malicious Software Removal Tool. There was one question that we were unable to answer during the webcast...
  • Blog Post: Advance Notification Service for the January 2013 Security Bulletin Release

    On behalf of all of us here at Microsoft, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy New Year! With 2013 starting on a Tuesday, our monthly bulletin release is upon us a bit earlier than usual. Next Tuesday we’ll release seven bulletins; two Critical and five Important, which address 12 vulnerabilities...
  • 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: September 2010 Bulletin Release Advance Notification

    Hello - Today we're releasing our Advance Notification Service (ANS) for the September Security Bulletins, which are scheduled for release Tuesday, September 14, 2010. This is a service we provide to help enterprises plan and prepare for the upcoming security bulletin release. This month we will be...
  • 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: October 2010 Security Bulletin Release

    Hello - Today, as part of our regular monthly security bulletin release process, we are releasing 16 comprehensive updates addressing 49 vulnerabilities affecting Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Microsoft Office, and the .NET Framework. This release represents our commitment to provide predictable...
  • Blog Post: June Advance Notification Service and 10 Immutable Laws Revisited

    Before we get into this month’s release, we wanted to alert you to updates to a document that’s been central to much of how Microsoft thinks about security. Ten years ago, Microsoft penned the “Ten Immutable Laws of Security,” which debuted on TechNet. It was written before the...