Microsoft's next Patch Tuesday to include critical Silverlight and IE updates

Microsoft will be releasing a number of security software updates for a few of its products on Tuesday, March 12th as part of its regular monthly "Patch Tuesday" event. Today, the company posted its summary of what it will be releasing in a few days, which include seven bulletins, four of which are labeled as "Critical" and the other three as "Important".

One of the critical bulletins concerns Internet Explorer and it affects IE6, 7, and 8 in Windows XP, IE7, 8 and 9 in Windows Vista, IE8 and 9 in Windows 7 and IE10 in Windows 8 and RT. Another "Important" bulletin will affect Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 but not RT.

Another one of the critical updates is for Microsoft Office 2010 and yet another is for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1. The last critical update is a bit of a surprise. Microsoft will fix a security issue with its Silverlight media software on Tuesday with a patch; the company has not issued a major update for Silverlight in over a year.

As usual, Microsoft has not gone into detail on the specifics behind these updates so as to not alert hackers beforehand but will release that information after the patches are launched on Tuesday.

Source: Microsoft Security page

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I never managed to understand IE updates. They are always security updates. Does this mean that MS don't fix non-security bugs, after they release a final IE?

If they do fix them, then why we don't get a change log? or maybe I'm doing something wrong here?

eddman said,
I never managed to understand IE updates. They are always security updates. Does this mean that MS don't fix non-security bugs, after they release a final IE?

If they do fix them, then why we don't get a change log? or maybe I'm doing something wrong here?

Microsoft DOES fix bugs in IE each time they publish a new cumulative update, and there is a change log.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2792100

look the section "Non-security-related fixes that are included in this security update"

of course, rendering bugs are never fixed by these updates, because that would potentially break a small number of websites (except if a rendering bug was introduced in a previous security update, in which case the regression will be fixed in the next security update)
breaking changes can only occur in a new major release.

link8506 said,
look the section "Non-security-related fixes that are included in this security update"

Thanks, I didn't know that. Considering that they are always labeled "Cumulative Security Update", I assumed they contain only security updates.

"One of the critical bulletins concerns Internet Explorer and it affects IE6, 7, and 8 in Windows XP, IE7, 8 and 9 in Windows Vista, IE8 and 9 in Windows 7 and IE10 in Windows 8 and RT"

...so basically every version of IE apart from IE10 for Windows 7?! Strange!

GreatMarkO said,
"One of the critical bulletins concerns Internet Explorer and it affects IE6, 7, and 8 in Windows XP, IE7, 8 and 9 in Windows Vista, IE8 and 9 in Windows 7 and IE10 in Windows 8 and RT"

...so basically every version of IE apart from IE10 for Windows 7?! Strange!

not strange, that means the security issues are already fixed in the current win7 build of ie10 (more recent than fully patched ie10/win8)

I've been wondering when we were gonna get some damn Windows Updates.
It's been awhile now. I hate not getting updates.
I find the final of IE 10 for Win 7 to be buggier than the preview, but then again, I've always found alphas and betas to be better than the finals, in most cases.

If by awhile now, you mean a month, maybe.

Hint... that's the schedule Microsoft follows EVERY month: updates come on the second Tuesday of every month.

It just never ends, does it? I mean, after all these years, Microsoft still can't produce a secure environment.

COKid said,
It just never ends, does it? I mean, after all these years, Microsoft still can't produce a secure environment.

*hits head on desk* yeah because Google doesn't ever patch Chrome? oh wait they do it almost every freaking week it seems like..... FireFox? forget about it..... everything has problems, it is nearly impossible to code against every single entry point or vulnerability..... don't know why people can't get that into their heads

CAP-Team said,
I thought they stopped patching IE6 already!

nope. 13 years of support, like windows XP (Ending in April 2014).
that's why big enterprises love IE so much (and why some webmasters hate it).

AWilliams87 said,

like what?

Oh I know a few, for some reason my IE10 desktop acts 'differently' from the metro. No addons or cr*pware installed. Yet in metro neowin behaves properly, reply gives me a nice ajax script reply box under the comment. Desktop sents me to bottom of page with a quote automatically in it.
These weird behaviors are found on more websites, although I have yet to encounter someone else with it

Also sometimes the rendering just breaks, making pages unreadable or often just completely blank.

Neither occurs on IE10 metro.

Shadowzz said,

Oh I know a few, for some reason my IE10 desktop acts 'differently' from the metro. No addons or cr*pware installed. Yet in metro neowin behaves properly, reply gives me a nice ajax script reply box under the comment. Desktop sents me to bottom of page with a quote automatically in it.
These weird behaviors are found on more websites, although I have yet to encounter someone else with it

Also sometimes the rendering just breaks, making pages unreadable or often just completely blank.

Neither occurs on IE10 metro.

I don't think the bugs you're talking about come from IE itself.

even if you have no addon listed in IE settings, there can be hidden addons (like antivirus web scanning module) that integrate with IE, and if they are poorly programmed, they can cause crashes or rendering bugs.

an easy way on win8 to get rid of them would be to enable enhanced protected mode, since most addons are not compatible with this new sandbox.

http://www.julien-manici.com/b...d-protected-mode-windows-8/

AWilliams87 said,

like what?
I can't recollect many at the moment, but one big one that stands out is clicking on the wrench menu is IE10 Metro and selecting View on Desktop produces a new IE10 Desktop window/tab that cannot be merged with any already open IE10 windows. Weird. I also wish that the Mail app could open links in IE10 Desktop as well (though, this is more of a feature request and a not a bug).