As another Patch Tuesday from Microsoft approached, there was a number of patches than many experts thought would come from Microsoft. Microsoft truly delivered on Patch Tuesday with 23 Windows fixes that fixed problems from IE and Silverlight, to other Windows features as well.
The second Tuesday of the month traditionally brings all the monthly fixes from Microsoft, and this Patch Tuesday was no different. Internet Explorer got the volume of the fixes, and one of these included a nasty zero-day vulnerability bug fix that Microsoft rushed out to users.
Internet Explorer Fixes
In its Patch Tuesday release, Microsoft issed 18 of the 23 fixes. One of the major fixes in this round was the zero-day vulnerability that Microsoft as of the past day or two even acknowledged was a major problem. Internet Explorer 9 and 10 were the main victims of this exploit, and now Microsoft fixed these holes.
The ability to get these fixes out to users quickly makes Patch Tuesday a set of bug fixes that any Windows user must follow. With Internet Explorer being used by so many users across the web, getting it updated, and getting any possible zero-day problems out of the way is highly important for users and Microsoft.
Other Patch Tuesday Fixes
In addition to the Internet Explorer fixes, Microsoft also issued fixes to Microsoft DirectShow, Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers, Security Account Manager Remote, Silverlight, and other products. These fixes were not as highly critical as the Internet Explorer fixes, and didn’t gather all the press attention, but still ranked high on the list to fix from Microsoft.
These sets of fixes are the next to last for Windows XP and Office 2003, and included only a small amount of fixes for Windows XP. Microsoft wants to ween users away from these operating systems, and will be discontinuing support for these operating systems soon. Hopefully this is the right path to take to get users to update their operating systems to Windows 8 or Windows 7. Sales and security numbers usually point in opposite directions for these types of things though.
I love Patch Tuesday. It brings out fixes and makes Windows more secure, and that is always a good thing.