Patch Tuesday: Fixing critical vulnerabilities

As a notification for those that take securing their computers more seriously, Microsoft are releasing a total of 16 updates with nine of them being critical to updating the Windows operating system. The update comes on Patch Tuesday which has been nicknamed by Microsoft as the day in which they roll out a majority of the updates they release to key products.

The exact purpose of these updates is being placed on the risk of remote execution attack and so Microsoft would rather cover up these security holes instead of leaving itself up for incident in the future. There are also some other updates which address issues such as denial of service and elevation of privilege. All versions of Windows will be affected as the updates come on Tuesday 14th June 2011.

Two of the security updates will also be applied to the Internet Explorer web browser, with several other Microsoft products being affected by the updates bringing the overall range to:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway
  • Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Visual Studio

To view more details on the update, you can visit Microsoft's webpage for it here. Some of the updates themselves will require a restart, but are applicable to both 32-bit and-64 bit versions. The update bulletins themselves will come through the Windows Update feature, if you have it set on automatic update, you shouldn't need to do anything.

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