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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I wonder what the total now for XP is after SP3. My last full re-install of it the other day had over 100 but wasn't exactly sure how many, way more than enough to compile a SP4 before end of life.

sava700 said,
I wonder what the total now for XP is after SP3. My last full re-install of it the other day had over 100 but wasn't exactly sure how many, way more than enough to compile a SP4 before end of life.
+1 - they definitely should release a SP4. There are still quite a large group of people who use XP.. It would be incredibly helpful...

sava700 said,
I wonder what the total now for XP is after SP3. My last full re-install of it the other day had over 100 but wasn't exactly sure how many, way more than enough to compile a SP4 before end of life.

There will be time for sp5 & 6 as XP won't die before 2018, unless Microsoft will do the unthinkable and issue to enterprises a direct XP to Windows 9 upgrade automatically transferring and supporting all legacy apps.

SP4 will never happen. Hotfix rollup, maybe, but that you can just make yourself if you're still needing to reinstall frequently for whatever reason.

And 2018? Curious where you're getting that number from.

Max Norris said,
SP4 will never happen. Hotfix rollup, maybe, but that you can just make yourself if you're still needing to reinstall frequently for whatever reason.

And 2018? Curious where you're getting that number from.

Most people either arent going to do that, hell - alot of people have no idea how to. The idea behind the updated service packs is that the updates are all bundled together for greatest ease on the users experience. When rebuilding someones system, do you really want to sit through 100+ updates to download and install? Nope. Especially if its a time sensitive issue. Issuing an updated service pack would cut down on this greatly and make the end user experience a little more pleasant. I know thats not all of it but thats a main point for me....

I still fail to see the issue.. why is there a need to constantly reinstall XP? With just a very minimum of preventative maintenance it can go for years without a reintall. Last time this machine was installed with XP, when it used XP that is, was with SP3. Didn't slow down, didn't suddenly wear out from 'winrot'. If you insist on using XP, install it and be done with it. That 100+ update happens once.

All that aside, there is no way Microsoft is going to invest a cent in man hours into building another service pack. May as well demand one for Windows 95 while you're at it. XP has long expired from mainstream support. Security updates, that's it. Considering the age of the thing, be thankful you're still getting that.

TrOjAn. said,
Article date? 10 June 2011?

It was a "bump" in a way to push it back to the top as it was written few days ago when the security bulletin was released. With today being the actual day makes it "new" for people who didn't see it the first time.

alexalex said,
It is nice to see Microsoft fixing those critical Win XP bugs in Windows 7/Server 2008. /s

Fixed that for you.

FrozenEclipse said,

Fixed that for you.

Wrong fix. These are Win NT/2000 bugs, and until Feb. 2011 Microsoft did fix Win 2000 sp4 bugs, the same found in Win7/2008.
By the way, some of recent critical security Win7/2008 bugs were Win 3.1 (like SMB) bugs carried all the way for 18 years.

alexalex said,
Wrong fix. These are Win NT/2000 bugs, and until Feb. 2011 Microsoft did fix Win 2000 sp4 bugs, the same found in Win7/2008.
By the way, some of recent critical security Win7/2008 bugs were Win 3.1 (like SMB) bugs carried all the way for 18 years.

So? Some huge security holes in the Linux kernel were left untouched for years, y'know.

I like that they are finally starting to push updates for visual studio via Microsoft Update... before it use to be just security fixes if they where major... now they push VS service packs and other patches too... but pushing all these updates for all MS programs via MU/WU is good and at least MS is fixing security holes a lot better now days

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
I like that they are finally starting to push updates for visual studio via Microsoft Update... before it use to be just security fixes if they where major... now they push VS service packs and other patches too... but pushing all these updates for all MS programs via MU/WU is good and at least MS is fixing security holes a lot better now days
I read somewhere that they also allow partner software updates, but I have not seen one so far. Maybe it will be a new feature once Windows 8 is out with their own app store. App submitters can issue updates and your software will auto-update through windows update.

Jebadiah said,
I read somewhere that they also allow partner software updates, but I have not seen one so far. Maybe it will be a new feature once Windows 8 is out with their own app store. App submitters can issue updates and your software will auto-update through windows update.

I am currently getting some of HP updates through Microsoft Updates...

Jebadiah said,
I read somewhere that they also allow partner software updates, but I have not seen one so far. Maybe it will be a new feature once Windows 8 is out with their own app store. App submitters can issue updates and your software will auto-update through windows update.

driver updates from nvidia and ati have been part of windows update since Vista. Microsoft offered this with windows update released in Vista. Many slowly caught on.
But nowadays most bigger hardware companies distribute drivers and its updates through windows update

Jebadiah said,
I read somewhere that they also allow partner software updates, but I have not seen one so far. Maybe it will be a new feature once Windows 8 is out with their own app store. App submitters can issue updates and your software will auto-update through windows update.

It's possible to include updates for Adobe products as well.

Shadowzz said,

driver updates from nvidia and ati have been part of windows update since Vista. Microsoft offered this with windows update released in Vista. Many slowly caught on.
But nowadays most bigger hardware companies distribute drivers and its updates through windows update

I don't know why they let MS anywhere near their drivers as it seems somewhere between ATI/nVidia and Windows Update they get fragged I've never had one work right yet