Microsoft to release 8 security patches for January

Although the information is subject to change until the day of, on 9 January 2007 Microsoft will Release 8 Security Patches:

  • Three Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows with the highest Maximum Severity rating being Critical. (detectable using Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer & Enterprise Scan Tool)
  • One Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Visual Studio with the highest Maximum Severity rating being Important. (detectable using Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer & Enterprise Scan Tool)
  • One Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office with the highest Maximum Severity rating being Important. (detectable using Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer)
  • Three Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Office. The highest Maximum Severity rating for these is Critical. (detectable using Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer)
(All updates may require a restart)

Microsoft will release an updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services and the Download Center but not on Software Update Services (SUS). As well, Microsoft will release two NON-SECURITY High-Priority Updates on Microsoft Update (MU) and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

Microsoft will host a webcast on Wednesday, January 10, 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) to address customer questions on these bulletins.

News source: Bink

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Nope to Matt500 - I was fine?

Why not update?
It's not like you have to pay more money?
You have nothing to loose?
Miscoroft have tried to make it as easy and un-intrusive as possible by having the whole Automatically download and installing in the background things happening.

I myself have maybe had one virus, a little bit of adware/spyware, never a HDD fail though, maybe I am lucky, but I think a lot of people are either dumb (clicking on pop-ups and adverts) OR the whole thing about warez of the evil type is over-rated.

i dont bother updating anymore, theres always going to be something, its endless. i have a question tho, with so many updates and stuff, and fixing, and patching this or that, does it overwrite, already existed files? or does it just add on and add on ?

Yeah seriously, if you don't install those security patches, you'll be condemned to have viruses, malware and to burn in flames...

You know breathing has to be done time and time again, it's endless you should just stop doing it.

OK obviously that was a little over the top but an example none the less of something that has to be done regardless of how many times you have to do it (note that phrase wasn't meant to be insulting in any way). Security updates are a must if you are running a computer which connects to the Internet (which you obviously are). See these security holes that are being patched are often used to malware developers to create software which can pretty much invite itself onto your machine through these security holes and do whatever they heck it wants.

And to answer your question generally security updates include new versions of files so it's not actually adding anything to the binary files, it's just replacing them with ones that aren't vulnerable to the mentioned problems.

Er, how long does it take to download and install a few updates?

And how much time do you waste running endless virus/spyware scanners + then reinstalling Windows + then recovering all your data?

No comparison for me tbh...