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  • 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: 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: Certificate Trust List update and the June 2012 bulletins

    For Update Tuesday we’re releasing seven security bulletins – three Critical-class and four Important – addressing 26 unique CVEs to further improve the security postures of Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Dynamics AX, Microsoft Lync, and the Microsoft .NET Framework. In addition...
  • 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: Advance Notification Service for October 2012 Security Bulletin Release

    Today we’re providing advance notification of the release of seven bulletins, one Critical and six Important, which address 20 vulnerabilities for October 2012. The Critical bulletin addresses vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word. The six Important-rated bulletins will address issues in Windows, Microsoft...
  • 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: 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: January 2013 Out-of-Band Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Today we’re publishing the January 2013 Out-of-Band Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . During the webcast, we fielded 17 questions focusing on Security Update MS13-088 , and SecurityAdvisory 2794220 which was deprecated by this update release. All questions and answers are...
  • Blog Post: 10 years of Update Tuesdays

    On October 1, 2003, Microsoft announced it would move to a monthly security bulletin cadence. Today, marks 10 years since that first monthly security update . We looked at many ways to improve our security preparedness and patch timing was the number one customer request. Your feedback was clear 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 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

    Hello, Today we published the April Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page , and the slide deck presented in the webcast. We fielded 15 questions on various topics during the webcast, including bulletins released, deployment tools, and update detection tools. We invite our customers...
  • 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: June 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Hello, Today we published the June Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page , and the June 2012 Security Bulletin Release Webcast slide deck . We fielded 23 questions on various topics during the webcast, including bulletins released, deployment tools, and update detection tools. ...
  • 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: January 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Today we’re publishing the January2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . During the webcast, we fielded 12 questions focusing primarily on the Print Spooler ( MS12-001 ) and .NET Framework ( MS13-004 ) updates. All questions are included on the Q&A page. We invite...
  • Blog Post: Bulletin Management Process and the May 2012 Bulletins

    Hello, Have you ever wondered why bulletins group particular issues together? Or one set of products and not another? Well today Jonathan Ness has posted an insightful Security Research & Defense (SRD) blog discussing some of the nuances and packaging decisions that went into MS12-034. This is...
  • 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: September 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

    Hello, Today we published the September Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page . During the webcast, we fielded thirteen questions, focusing primarily on MS12-061 , covering Visual Studio Team Foundation Server; MS12-062 , affecting System Center Configuration Manager; and Security...