Microsoft, Adobe to issue critical updates

By | August 10, 2012

Posted in: Network Security Trends

Microsoft will issue 14 updates on Tuesday, including four in Internet Explorer. That’s the third month in a row Microsoft has patched holes in the browser.  Of the nine updates, five are labeled critical, the highest Microsoft rating, and four will be labeled important.

In addition to the update for Explorer, two of the remote code execution are for Windows. The other two are for Exchange and SQL Server. That’s a little more sensitive, as it touches a nerve as SQL Server and Exchange are two of the most sensitive applications on the network. And, the SQL Server one may require a reboot.

Three of the important updates are for remote code execution, a fourth for privilege execution. Two affect Windows, two office.

Also, coincidentally on Tuesday, Adobe will issue critical updates for its Adobe Reader and Acrobat software. Adobe Acrobat and Reader X (10.1.3) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Mac OS X, as well as Acrobat and Reader 9.5.1 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Mac OX S will be patched. Earlier this year, Adobe announced that it will push out fixes for the software automatically, without user intervention. These flaws are critical, meaning malicious native-code can be executed without the user's knowledge on the affected machine.

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