Microsoft Patch Tuesday, it's a big one

One of the biggest releases of patches since October 2008 is due on Tuesday June 9.

Microsoft has confirmed it will deliver 10 security updates to patch some serious bugs in Windows, Internet Explorer, Word and Excel. Six of the ten were marked as "critical", Microsoft's highest threat ranking. Three of the updates are marked as "Moderate" and one marked as "Important".

This update will include the first ever production patch for IE8 since the release. Mac users will not receive any PowerPoint patches for this month, after heavily patching PowerPoint for Windows last month, stating it does not want to delay these patches any longer, so Mac users will have to do without.

Mac users will need to wait till July at the earliest for PowerPoint patches, as none of the analyzed exploits found on the Windows PowerPoint will reliably exploit the Mac.

The following versions of Microsoft Windows are affected and will receive updates:

  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 x64
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (x64)*
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Itanium-based systems
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (x64)*
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (x64)*
  • Windows Server 2008 (Service Pack 2) (x64)*
  • Windows Server 2008 (Service Pack 2) Itanium-based systems (x64)*

* Both 32bit and 64bit systems

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I doubt any of the Vista/Server 2008 updates will be labeled as "Critical", more than likely "Important".

qdave said,
it seems that windows 7 rc is not affected :D


lol, was the first thing I thought when I read that.

Windows 7 is immense... I love the integrated multi monitor support options....

Mac users will not receive any PowerPoint patches for this month, after heavily patching PowerPoint for Windows last month, stating it does not want to delay these patches any longer, so Mac users will have to do without.

Umm... what?

microsoft doesn't want to delay these patches (Tuesday windows patches) so the unfinished mac updates will not be released. I'll rephrase that sentense so it makes sense

richardsim7 said,
Well it says that the exploit only really works on windows, and not macs :p

-Rich-


Ya there hasn't been any real data on the Mac exploit, the whole reason behind Microsoft not postponing these updates to wait for the Mac ones.

Because security updates don't do piracy checks. Service packs and WGA updates can, and of course the keys can be blacklisted at the activation server at any time. Security updates, however, are available to everybody because insecure systems can affect everybody.

Besides that they haven't even had time to sort through the accounts and see what is what yet. If they do blacklist the keys it will take quite some time for them to gather them all up.

TRC said,
Besides that they haven't even had time to sort through the accounts and see what is what yet. If they do blacklist the keys it will take quite some time for them to gather them all up.

Was there a security breach or something that would lead MS to suddenly start blacklisting licenses? Did I miss some big announcement?

Or are we talking about MSDN/Technet licenses that have been released into the wild?

Somnus said,
Was there a security breach or something that would lead MS to suddenly start blacklisting licenses? Did I miss some big announcement?

Or are we talking about MSDN/Technet licenses that have been released into the wild?

Hear is a thought someone uses a key generator and gets a key that your system has. Than ms sees 2 systems and thinks you are sharing and blacklists your key you log on to your computer. Your computer shuts down telling you your key is invalid. Your hole system locks you out. The pirate just gets another key through the key generator. And you being the honest person you are spend $400 on payed ms support its like $69 an hour or something. Where you could have just got to a torrent site on your buddies computer and downloaded a key gen and got a fake key. Or bout a new copy of windows and not spend hours of your valuable time on the phone with tech support from india. How is this help the consumer. Nice job ms.

Somnus said,
Was there a security breach or something that would lead MS to suddenly start blacklisting licenses? Did I miss some big announcement?

Or are we talking about MSDN/Technet licenses that have been released into the wild?

I guess at ms there is all ways a security breach since there are so many 8 year olds that are interviewing. This is how they do it. Hack a system or write a virus and instead of getting jail you get a job with bill. And write the next patch. So we get to patch our computer on a weekly bases. What a wonderful life!

random_n said,
Because security updates don't do piracy checks. Service packs and WGA updates can, and of course the keys can be blacklisted at the activation server at any time. Security updates, however, are available to everybody because insecure systems can affect everybody.


A very correct and valid point.

Randomiser said,
Why not?


Because the blacklisted key check is done server-side. If it was done client-side, it'd be stupidly-easy to disable.