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Patch Tuesday Overview from Jason Miller

Microsoft has released six bulletins addressing 11 vulnerabilities in the April 2012 version of Patch Tuesday.

Jason Miller

Marking the fourth Patch Tuesday of the year, Microsoft and non-Microsoft vendors are making this quite an interesting month with critical security bulletins and new products to consider in your monthly Patch Tuesday.

There are many products that are affected by the new security bulletins. This means you will be seeing quite a few patches missing on a single machine.  For example, MS12-027 affects 29 different products and service pack levels.  For those administrators responsible for reporting their patch compliance, this can be quite a headache.

As scheduled, Microsoft has released their bi-monthly update for Internet Explorer.  With any browser (Microsoft or non-Microsoft), patching is always on the top of the priority list as Internet browsers are one of the most targeted pieces of software for exploitation.  With Internet Explorer 10 (bundled with Windows 8), Microsoft is turning on automatic updates in the background.  We will have to wait and see if Microsoft increases their patch releases for their browser like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.  Since the last time Microsoft has patched Internet Explorer (February 2012 Patch Tuesday), Google released new updates to their browser seven times.  Five of these releases were security releases.  

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