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Understanding Microsoft’s Crypto Recommendations

In addition to the eight security updates that they released this month, Microsoft also set out some recommendations regarding choices of cryptographic algorithms that may have left some IT pros and managers scratching their heads in confusion. Just because you’re an experienced network administrator, it doesn’t mean you’re an expert in cryptography, which is a […]

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November Patch Tuesday Roundup

The weather has taken a turn toward winter in many parts of the United States on this second Tuesday of November. Meanwhile, my friends in Australia are enjoying a sunny summer day. But no matter where you are, hot or cold or in between, IT admins are getting ready to roll out this month’s slate […]

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No Patch Forthcoming for TIFF-handling Zero Day Vulnerability

As we noted in Friday’s Advance Notification post and will explore in more detail in tomorrow’s recap of the November Patch Tuesday releases, Microsoft® is putting out eight security fixes this month.  However, SC Magazine reported a few days ago that this slate of patches will not include one to address a zero day vulnerability […]

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Advance Notification: Looking at Eight More Updates for November

Microsoft is following up its eight patches in October with another octet in November, according to the Advance Notification released today.  This time only three of the updates are rated critical, but because they impact various versions of Windows and Internet Explorer, all of them need to be taken very seriously. Once again, we’re looking […]

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Third Party Patch and Vulnerability Roundup: October 2013

As we approach the end of this month, it’s time to take a look at the non-Microsoft™ security fixes that have come down the pike over the last four weeks. In case you missed it, you can check out my synopsis of Microsoft’s October Patch Tuesday updates at

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October Patch Tuesday Roundup

It’s that time again, and many network admins are probably approaching it with a little more anxiety than usual, considering the myriad problems that followed in the wakes of the August and September Patch Tuesdays. This Patch Tuesday is a special one, as it marks the 10th anniversary of the program that began in October […]

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Advance Notification: October Brings 8 Microsoft® Security Updates

Microsoft released their advance notification statement today for the fixes that will be included in next week’s Patch Tuesday release, and it looks to be a moderate month for patching. We can expect eight updates, half of them rated critical and the other half rated important. Affected software includes Windows (ranging from Windows XP to […]

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Third Party Patch and Vulnerability Roundup: September 2013

Welcome to the first of many monthly third party patch roundups. Earlier in the month, we provided an overview of the security updates released by Microsoft™ on Patch Tuesday, and a few days ago, we discussed the Apple® product vulnerabilities listed by CERT-US for September. Here’s a summary of some of the other important vulnerability […]

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Apple Joins the Patch Party

Apple is known for doing things up big. True to form, the company has recently joined the Patch Party in a big way. Not so long ago, users of Apple products boasted that their operating systems weren’t vulnerable to exploit like Windows. Even though some security experts noted that the relative safety was in large […]

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Apple®’s iOS 7 Already Needs Patching for Security Flaws and Bugs

Microsoft™ isn’t the only software vendor that’s getting some bad PR lately.  Apple’s latest and greatest iteration of its iPhone operating system, which is featured on the new iPhone 5s and 5c models, was released just last week, but it was almost immediately plagued with rumors of security flaws and other bugs. This didn’t deter […]

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