Microsoft set to release a record breaking Patch Tuesday

Microsoft announced today that it will be releasing a mega ‘Patch Tuesday', where they will fix security holes and vulnerabilities in their software.

The record breaking update will deliver 14 security bulletins, fixing a record-tying 34 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer and Silverlight. Microsoft hasn't addressed this many vulnerabilities in a single month since June 2010, but only released 10 bulletins.

Out of the 14 bulletins, 8 were labeled as “Critical,” Microsoft's highest severity level, the other 6 patches were labeled as “Important,” the next level down from Critical.  The patches will address remote code executions (RCE) and elevation of privileges.

The patches will fix security holes in the following operating systems and software:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 & 3 *
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 & 2
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2004 & 2008
  • Open XML File Format Converter for Mac
  • Microsoft Office Word Viewer
  • Microsoft Office compatibility pack for Word, Excel & PowerPoint 2007
  • Microsoft Works 9
  • Microsoft Silverlight 2 & 3

* = Windows XP Service Pack 2 will only received limited updates.

These patches are expected to roll out on Tuesday August 10, 2010, and may require a restart.

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As someone involved with computers on a daily basis, I'd fire anyone that did not know how to spell the words "consider" and "implementation" as it shows they could not communicate effectively in a written manner.
Also, people of every profession complain, it's human nature. If you're happy with what you do constantly you must be of such low IQ that it keeps you in rapt attention - probably not good for your employer.
Sorry if you think that is a bit rough, but tearing into someone because they have an opinion that is different than yours is kind of silly now, isn't it?

I would suggest you find a differant occupation then, (concider floral arangement) as an IT professional I'd fire anybody that complained about "patch implimentation" as it shows that you are not "with it" as far as far-reaching corporate security measures are concerned and not fit to be involved with maintaining a secure infrastructure.

Getting a bit fed up of the work load now frankly! I know everyone here is gushing about how wonderful Microsoft are, and how great it is that they're releasing all these patches to keep their desktops up to date. Great.

But from my point of view in a corporate environment it's a fricking nightmare. We took the decision to approve the out-of-band patch which we pushed to development, but then we've got delayed update hosts as well where we need to perform additional testing. We get that out of the way, I'm working over the weekend on another upgrade, and now we're right into another patch Tuesday and a "mammoth" patch update.

Get a grip Microsoft.

Chicane-UK said,
Getting a bit fed up of the work load now frankly! I know everyone here is gushing about how wonderful Microsoft are, and how great it is that they're releasing all these patches to keep their desktops up to date. Great.

But from my point of view in a corporate environment it's a fricking nightmare. We took the decision to approve the out-of-band patch which we pushed to development, but then we've got delayed update hosts as well where we need to perform additional testing. We get that out of the way, I'm working over the weekend on another upgrade, and now we're right into another patch Tuesday and a "mammoth" patch update.

Get a grip Microsoft.

I would suggest you find a differant occupation then, (concider floral arangement) as an IT professional I'd fire anybody that complained about "patch implimentation" as it shows that you are not "with it" as far as far-reaching corporate security measures are concerned and not fit to be involved with maintaining a secure infrastructure

oldhippy68 said,

..as it shows that you are not "with it" as far as far-reaching corporate security measures are concerned and not fit to be involved with maintaining a secure infrastructure

I beg your pardon? I fail to see how, complaining about the sheer quantity of patches that Microsoft release whilst approving them in a timely manner makes me unsuitable to work as an IT professional and maintain a secure infrastructure. I admire how you make a sweeping generalisation about my working practices and my approach to work.. very impressive.

Did you miss the point where I said we review them the DAY THEY ARE RELEASED and approve them for installation immediately after we've tested them?

As someone who uses the products on a daily basis, I feel I'm perfectly entitled to gripe about large quantities of patches and the difficulty of trying to keep downtime on a production environment to a minimum whilst patching the endless security holes.

(concider floral arangement)

Maybe you should consider going to back to school so you can learn how to spell.

Last time it happened was June? So two months ago? lol

Im no huge fan of MS but I am a fan of any company that continually releases patches. Its human beings working on the code and nobody can predict the future. Release as many patches as needs be, makes me more confident then when they start to decrease that all holes are known and fixed for the time being.

Does this also includes Windows 7 SP1 the beta release? Because Microsoft already issued a patch the other day.

As long as they dont hose my system like the patch on Tuesday just gone. I couldn't boot into windows after that as all I got was a black screen with a message saying Updating desktop or something. It was like that for 12hours (I left it overnight and called MS the next day)

They had to remote into my PC in order to fix it via safemode with networking in the end and it took the guy just over an hur to rememdy

BeLGaRaTh said,
As long as they dont hose my system like the patch on Tuesday just gone. I couldn't boot into windows after that as all I got was a black screen with a message saying Updating desktop or something. It was like that for 12hours (I left it overnight and called MS the next day)

They had to remote into my PC in order to fix it via safemode with networking in the end and it took the guy just over an hur to rememdy

Well, unless this was widespread (which I don't believe it is, or others would have reported it), it's more of a sign that maybe something was already fubared on your system and needed fixing anyway.

Did they mention the root cause of the problem?

And I'm curious...what type of support contract do you have with MS, so that they'd actually remote into your system and fix problems for you?

_dandy_ said,

Well, unless this was widespread (which I don't believe it is, or others would have reported it), it's more of a sign that maybe something was already fubared on your system and needed fixing anyway.

Did they mention the root cause of the problem?

And I'm curious...what type of support contract do you have with MS, so that they'd actually remote into your system and fix problems for you?


i'm pretty sure all you need is a non OEM copy of windows for that level of CS from MS.

Do you run ESET antivirus? I read something about ESET having problems with the patch and causing symptoms like those that you describe...

BeLGaRaTh said,
As long as they dont hose my system like the patch on Tuesday just gone. I couldn't boot into windows after that as all I got was a black screen with a message saying Updating desktop or something. It was like that for 12hours (I left it overnight and called MS the next day)

They had to remote into my PC in order to fix it via safemode with networking in the end and it took the guy just over an hur to rememdy

I love windows 7 but every time they release these many patches it always give me a weird feeling. I do all I can to secure my systems but to know that there are holes that can get exploited in the wild on any given day is just at times discouraging. *sigh* at least they fixed on the quick.

waldenasta said,
I love windows 7 but every time they release these many patches it always give me a weird feeling. I do all I can to secure my systems but to know that there are holes that can get exploited in the wild on any given day is just at times discouraging. *sigh* at least they fixed on the quick.

Just about every complex piece of software has bugs and security flaws. Linux and Mac OS receive updates too. So do other programs.

waldenasta said,
I love windows 7 but every time they release these many patches it always give me a weird feeling. I do all I can to secure my systems but to know that there are holes that can get exploited in the wild on any given day is just at times discouraging. *sigh* at least they fixed on the quick.

It's an operating system. It is created by human beings. Therefore, it will need patching.

As an example, openSuSE 11.3 x64 (which was released just last week!) needed over 200 MB of patches within a week of release, and that was just updates and security patches, and over half that was security patches. That's not me saying it to be saying it; I dual-boot it and 7 Ultimate x64 on this PC. (And this is the second major release of openSuSE which was constructed via the openSuSE Build Service, as opposed to the traditional method which had been used up to openSuSE 11.1.)

It's nice to see MS is tight and secure these days, it's a refreshing change but won't stop the Linux and Apple trolls

DreadBoat89 said,
at least the updates dont tend to be 100mb in size... so updating really is a piece of cake...

In this day and age, downloading a few hundred mb is a piece of cake.

jimmyfal said,
How do security holes just keep opening? I mean you would think it would stop at some point.

.... They don't just "Open" they are found by the security experts at MS or hackers. It's like building a house but after a few months you see that you forgot to put cocking in some holes that water might eventually seep in or even bugs might build nests (i.e. Viruses).

jimmyfal said,
How do security holes just keep opening? I mean you would think it would stop at some point.

Not that they keep opening, rather that they were always there...they're just now being found.

SharpGreen said,

Not that they keep opening, rather that they were always there...they're just now being found.

Plus sometimes as one door is closed another opens, it`s a never ending battle

Riggers said,

Plus sometimes as one door is closed another opens, it`s a never ending battle


... and, as any developer knows, each time you add new features, you risk adding new bugs.

Also, this goes for both Microsoft and Apple. I think it's unfortunate some always have to keep fighting that OS battle, when we and the companies that build our computers and operating systems in reality are all in the same boat.

AJC. said,

It's like building a house but after a few months you see that you forgot to put cocking in some holes
Most have been glory holes

Northgrove said,

... and, as any developer knows, each time you add new features, you risk adding new bugs.

Also, this goes for both Microsoft and Apple. I think it's unfortunate some always have to keep fighting that OS battle, when we and the companies that build our computers and operating systems in reality are all in the same boat.


+1

sanke1 said,
does it affect x64 versions?
Boy big job for microsoft to keep updating each and every windows version

Yes, 32 and 64bits are affected.

sanke1 said,
does it affect x64 versions?
Boy big job for microsoft to keep updating each and every windows version

if not mentioned , that mean both . i guess.

sanke1 said,
does it affect x64 versions?
Boy big job for microsoft to keep updating each and every windows version

Except two bulletins the rest of 12 effects both x84 & x64 systems.

thealexweb said,
"* = Windows XP Service Pack 2 will only received limited updates."

I thought SP2 had been abandoned all together.

Probably just fixes that happen to also work for SP2, so they figured why not release them I guess.

thealexweb said,
"* = Windows XP Service Pack 2 will only received limited updates."

I thought SP2 had been abandoned all together.

My thoughts too, but oh well I use Windows 7 anyways .

thealexweb said,
"* = Windows XP Service Pack 2 will only received limited updates."

I thought SP2 had been abandoned all together.

Why on earth would someone refuse to upgrade to SP3? At this point it's just beyond stupid.

thealexweb said,
"* = Windows XP Service Pack 2 will only received limited updates."

I thought SP2 had been abandoned all together.

I think that they are releasing the patch for the newest security problem with malware installing by just viewing icons from infected flash drives because all the SP2 XPs are a danger for all the other Windows computers in the world.

PS: scratch that. I think the updates are for 64 bit XP SP2 because there is no SP3 for XP 64bit.

wolftail said,

PS: scratch that. I think the updates are for 64 bit XP SP2 because there is no SP3 for XP 64bit.

Yep that's defiantly it.