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Friday, 10 April 2009 05:02

Microsoft confirms biggest Patch Tuesday for six months

Recent Patch Tuesdays have been pretty understated affairs, but all that is due to change next week with the most security updates since October 2008.

Security patches should not be considered an optional extra, although they all too often are with predictable consequences. You only have to look at the current Conficker epidemic for evidence if you don't believe it.

Which is why the announcement by Microsoft that the Tuesday 14th event will include no less than eight security updates is not necessarily the bad news that it might at first seem to be.

Sure, nobody is happy that more security problems have surfaced in the Windows Operating System, with the Internet Explorer browser client or with Excel, Word, DirectX and Internet Security and Acceleration server.

Nobody is glad that amongst these eight updates there are no less than five which have been tagged as being critical in nature by Microsoft, another two important and only one just moderate.

But everyone should be pleased that fixes are coming out to address such critical problems as, at least as far as we can ascertain, the Excel spreadsheet vulnerability that we were reporting way back in February.

It's a shame that it has taken so long, especially seeing as Microsoft was admitting back then that this was a zero day exploit with active attacks out in the wild. Still, better late than never.

The same goes for the IE security update which has not only been marked as critical, but marked as such for Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Server 2008 users.

Maybe we should rename Patch Tuesday to Pain in the Ass Tuesday, at least for the 14th, with so many updates across Operating System variants and applications for IT admins to handle.

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