Posts Tagged ‘patch’

Anniversary Patch Tuesday with a big Internet Explorer fix

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com 1 Comment

Microsoft’s monthly security bulletin and the related Patch Tuesday is celebrating its 10th birthday this month, and the most important element of this month’s “anniversary” edition is a major fix for an Internet Explorer vulnerability that made the news in September.

The vulnerability (officially named CVE-2013-3893) is the result of some RCE (Remote Code Execution) bugs, where an outsider can send you something and infect you with malware in any current version of Internet Explorer, including the old IE 6 in Windows XP as well as the very latest IE 11 for those using the Windows 8.1 pre-release.

Major Update for Internet Explorer

Some of these bugs are officially branded Critical, which means you should patch it as soon as possible if you don’t want crooks to figure out an unlawful way to your computer. The Internet Explorer update will require you to reboot your computer, so you’d better save your work and prepare for reboot.

As part of the usual Patch Tuesday routine, the Malicious Software Removal Tool has been updated and is also available on our SoftwarePatch website for 32-bit Windows 7 and 64-bit Windows versions. Don’t be scared if you see MRT.exe running on your computer with high CPU usage – this is perfectly normal and it is crucial to run this time of the month.

By Gergely Sumegi

What is Patch Tuesday?

Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com 1 Comment

Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of each month, when Microsoft releases security patches for many of its products. Until recently, Patch Tuesday had been followed by an “Exploit Wednesday”, as hackers reverse-engineered many of these security patches, and attacked not-yet-patched computers.

Patch Bugs

But from August 2013, thanks to the revised Active Protection Program, some security firms receive information about vulnerabilities being patched several days before the update is released. They can use these few days to come up with their own signature for these vulnerabilities and patch their software in the same time as Microsoft’s updates come out.

You don’t have to work for a security firm to get a preview of the upcoming patches. You can sign up for an advance notification using your Microsoft credentials (e.g. your Skype or Hotmail login) on the technet.microsoft.com website, and receive a preview in each month straight into your inbox.

By Gergely Sumegi

Microsoft patches Office 2010 for one last time

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Good news everyone: Microsoft has just released the latest and probably the last service pack for the three-year-old Office 2010 suite. Service Pack 2 is available to download from Microsoft’s Knowledge Base or through Windows Update. The patch is intended to improve the compatibility of the Office and SharePoint 2010 products with other Office and SharePoint versions, Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. The service pack contains some previously unreleased minor fixes, such as improvements in stability, performance, and security.

The service pack contains improvements for some annoying problems in Excel 2010, such as an issue in which file sizes become larger when additional built-in styles are copied between different Excel instances. In Word, the patch fixes issues regarding bookmarks, templates, tables, autocorrect options just to name a few. Some errors in Outlook will get fixed too, such as the one occurring when you perform a spell check before sending an email. An important update in PowerPoint fixes an issue in which Mozilla Firefox crashes on a Mac computer when viewing a presentation in PowerPoint Web App.

The beta version of SP2 was available for public testing in April this year, and there were no reports of major problems with the patch. While there is no urgent security-related need to download this latest update pack, Microsoft will possibly turn Service Pack 2 into an automated update in three months’ time.

By Gergely Sumegi