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January Patch Tuesday Roundup

My December article summarizing the month’s security update releases seemed to go on and on, but this month we both get a bit of a break. With only four patches on the agenda – and not one of them rated critical – this time I can make it short and sweet.

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January Advance Notification: An Easy Start to the New Year

After the mad rush of the holiday season that, for IT pros, was exacerbated by a moderate load of eleven patches to get tested and applied in December, Microsoft is giving us some breathing room. January brings us only four security updates – and there’s not a critical one among them. The vulnerability impact types […]

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Third Party Patch and Vulnerability Roundup: December 2013

This is the season for giving, and software vendors must be feeling extra generous this year. Microsoft gifted us with 11 patches, Mozilla dropped 14 updates for Firefox down the chimney, and Adobe wrapped up a shiny package with Priority 1 fixes for Flash, Air and Shockwave.  So what else might we find under the […]

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Microsoft Revokes Firmware Patch for Surface Pro 2

I love everything about my Surface Pro 2 – except the battery life. The Pro 2 is a lot better than my original Surface Pro; I get a good two hours of additional work time, but it’s not so great in comparison to the RT version and other (admittedly much less powerful) tablets.

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‘Tis The Season To Be Patching – Microsoft, Firefox and Adobe

December seems to be the month for patching. Microsoft’s regular round of “Patch Tuesday” releases included a number of critical updates amongst the eleven released; we reported just recently on Mozilla Firefox 26 and its round of fourteen updates including several rated critical, and not to be left out, Adobe has dropped several patches to […]

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Microsoft Isn’t the Only Vendor with Patches – Mozilla Updates 14 Issues in Firefox 26

While customers have gotten into a rhythm with Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday cycles, sometimes that can lead to oversights when patches are released by other vendors. Often touted as a “more secure” alternative to Internet Explorer, the latest version of Firefox has its own share of vulnerabilities, and Mozilla just released updates to resolve fourteen issues.

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December Patch Tuesday Roundup

The holiday season is in full swing in the U.S. and most parts of the world, and that means IT pros are busier than ever this month, under pressure to get all the servers and clients that connect to them updated before taking some time off (if they’re lucky) to celebrate the season with family […]

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Advance Notification: Year’s Last Patch Tuesday Brings 11 Updates

Those IT pros who were hoping that Microsoft would go easy on us this month so we could spend more time on year-end reports (and/or shopping for holiday gifts) are going to be a little disappointed. After a couple of months with only eight patches each, we might be a tad spoiled. Don’t worry – […]

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XP/Server 2003 Kernel Vulnerability

It hasn’t received much attention – perhaps because Microsoft is focusing its security efforts on Windows Vista and later operating systems, as XP draws perilously close to its end of support date less than five months from now – but last week the company released a security advisory for a kernel vulnerability in Windows XP […]

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Third Party Patch and Vulnerability Roundup: November 2013

In the U.S. where I live, the end of November means celebrating our holiday of Thanksgiving, a time when we try to cultivate an “attitude of gratitude” for all the good things we have. On the professional level, I’m thankful for the progress that software vendors have made over the years in addressing security issues. […]

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