Patch Tuesday for November

Microsoft is set to release six security bulletin patches this coming Tuesday. Three of the six have been labeled as Critical, Microsoft's highest security rating, and three more patches labeled as Important, the second highest security rating.

The patches are due to release on November 10 and will focus on patching Remote Code Executions and DoS (Denial of Service) flaws in the Windows operating system. Four of the patches will be released for Windows, while two will patch Remote Code Executions in Microsoft Office.

The patches will fix security holes in:

  • Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 & 3 *
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 & 2 *
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 *
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 *
  • Microsoft Office XP
  • Microsoft Office 2003
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft Office 2004 (Mac)
  • Microsoft Office 2008 (Mac)

* Both 32bit and 64bit architecture

No updates for Windows 7 will be released. Currently, Windows 7 only has one officially released security patch, released on October 8, 2009.

Some of the updates may require a restart.

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rm20010 said,
Interrupting a long download or upload that you left on overnight.

Supposedly the Restart Manager can save documents for some applications and reopen them after a restart, but that's useless for restarting a file transfer within a browser.


More like *cough*μTorrent*cough*.

I use uTorrent, and sometimes Opera's torrent client. Are you among those stupids who still thinks that all Torrents are illegal?

Also, on Neowin lots of people go like "0 mi gawd, he must be downloading pirated movies". While we all know, most of us has downloaded still with torrent.

And to anyone, I use torrent to download whatever I want, what can/will you do? I guess nothing besides crying on a forum.

Have a mostly nice day.

Core system file changes still need a restart, that's just the way it is. Anything that's patched at the kernel level will until MS makes more things moduler next time around.

They did this with the video driver, so now you can update without needing to reboot like before. More hot-patching would be nice, but I don't see that being a priority for them at this point. Besides, if you're like me, you only restart/reboot at the most once a month when these do come out.

agreenbhm said,
Why? What's it preventing you from doing (while you're asleep)?

It closes my unsaved documents without saving! Not while I'm asleep, but when I went to bathroom for 10 minutes.
It also closes IE so hard that it forgets the entire history for the week. Excellent!

Electric Jolt said,
Stop being so bitchy. This shouldn't occur on a default setting. That's what need's fixed. Plus why do we still restart? You don't have to shove the argument back down our throat because you don't care.

This is not the default setting!

When you install Windows, you are forced to choose the update policy. You cannot install Windows without making a choice. There simply is no default setting.

LOL, when was the last time you installed Windows? For like the last decade Windows has given the option to "Ask me later" during setup, you are not forced to choose an update policy.

Nice to see that there are no updates for Windows 7... not that it matters because Windows 7 seems smarter about restarting after installing updates to begin with.

I never understood why they wait (sometimes a month) to release security updates... if its a feature to make my computer more secure then please release it ASAP!

zackiv31 said,
I never understood why they wait (sometimes a month) to release security updates... if its a feature to make my computer more secure then please release it ASAP!

Do you realize how much testing has to to go into an update? Personally I'm surprised Microsoft can release updates as fast as they do. Do you know what would happen if Microsoft released a bad update that bricked millions of computers on patch Tuesday?

Last thing I want to see if Microsoft rushing updates out the door without being properly tested. You are also the same kind person that would bitch if Microsoft rushed an update out the door that caused your computer not to boot after installing it.

Microsoft's security fixing/patching cycle is one of the fastest out there. Security holes in some other companies OSs don't even get fixed until the next release.

warwagon said,
Do you realize how much testing has to to go into an update? Personally I'm surprised Microsoft can release updates as fast as they do. Do you know what would happen if Microsoft released a bad update that bricked millions of computers on patch Tuesday?

Last thing I want to see if Microsoft rushing updates out the door without being properly tested. You are also the same kind person that would bitch if Microsoft rushed an update out the door that caused your computer not to boot after installing it.

+1

warwagon said,
Do you realize how much testing has to to go into an update? Personally I'm surprised Microsoft can release updates as fast as they do. Do you know what would happen if Microsoft released a bad update that bricked millions of computers on patch Tuesday?

Last thing I want to see if Microsoft rushing updates out the door without being properly tested. You are also the same kind person that would bitch if Microsoft rushed an update out the door that caused your computer not to boot after installing it.

If Microsoft released a perfect operating system without a single error - zackiv31 would whine about the default background; there is no pleasing some people.

Microsoft used to do that (Lets go a little old school for a min). Back in the day (Win95/98) what used to happen they would release updates every time something came up ASAP......what would happen, the patch would fix 1 thing and break 2. I do recall back in the day the rule was don't update your pc for a few days until others (suckers) updated and any "brick" reports came out. So this Patch Tuesday idea was born (I dont know this but I assume this) from that nightmare from the past.

Good then, have been rebooting for quite a bit of stuff from WU already since I installed 7 on 24th, sucks IE updates needs a reboot...

Pam14160 said,
. . .will someone please pass the cheese and crackers around.


No doubt!!

Was just wondering, does anyone on here, with more than 10 posts, really leave auto updates turned on?

It's interesting to see Windows 7 needed less patches thus far. I'm sure that will change, but it looks like the architecture changes may have made the new OS a bit less susceptible to current intrusion methods...

there're no new security enhancements in Win7, the security platform is not changed in Win7, it's the same as Vista. Win7 is not affected by these vulnerabilities because all these flaws have been already known and patched during the Win7 development.

Say what you want about the vulnerability of MS products, but at least they have a fairly consistent patch cycle now.

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