Patch Management

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Microsoft releases nonsecurity patches for Office 2016, 2013, Click-to-Run

After a bobbling start, the patches are available in Windows Update and WSUS

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The time is right to update Windows and Office

If you've been blocking automatic updates, the coast is now reasonably clear to apply Microsoft’s November patches

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Woody’s Win10Tip: Apply updates carefully

When it’s time to apply Windows 10 cumulative updates, there’s an art to getting them right

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Users should avoid Microsoft's newly released preview Windows patches

Microsoft’s new monthly patching cadence include 'previews' that are not for general consumption, including KB 3197869

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Adobe fixes flaws in Flash Player and Adobe Connect

The Flash Player patches address nine critical vulnerabilities

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Android patches fix Drammer RAM attack, but not Dirty Cow exploit

The security patches address 12 critical vulnerabilities in various Android components and drivers

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Microsoft EMET gets end-of-life reprieve

Originally slated to expire on Jan. 27, 2017, Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Toolkit will remain under support until July 31, 2018

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Admins, update your databases to avoid the MySQL bug

Two critical privilege escalation vulnerabilities in MySQL, MariaDB, and Percona Server for MySQL can help take control of the whole server, which is very bad for shared environments

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Finally ready for prime time

The newly released KB 3197954 tips the scales in favor of upgrading to Windows 10 1607

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How to cautiously update Windows 7 and 8.1 machines

With the new update regime now in full force, you need to change your patching ways

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Bugs in latest Windows/Office patch bundles create confusion

Recent buggy patches have been handled in conflicting, confounding ways

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Windows GDI flaw leads to PowerShell attacks

APT group FruityArmor exploited Windows GDI memory handling to break out of browser sandboxes and launch PowerShell in targeted attacks

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Monster Oracle update patches database, Java

Oracle's Critical Patch Updates keep getting bigger. The database giant addressed a number of remotely exploitable flaws in Java, MySQL, and Oracle Database this quarter

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Microsoft previews telemetry push with new Win7/8.1 patches KB 3192403, 3192404

Microsoft plans to roll out major extensions to its Diagnostic and Telemetry service in November

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Win 7/8.1 'patchocalypse' springs a few surprises

Most of the changes to Windows 7 and 8.1 patching happened as expected yesterday, but a few unexpected twists deserve attention

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12 hardware and software vulnerabilities you should address now

Hardware and software that live past their end-of-life dates pose serious risks to organizations. Find out which assets you should update, upgrade, or replace ASAP

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Buggy KB 3194496 patch redlines Chinese-enabled Surface Pro 4s, Surface Books

If you have the Chinese Simplified or Traditional IME installed on your tablet or laptop, watch out for Windows 10 build 14393.222

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6 security distractions derailing IT

IT isn't dumb, but it's pulled in so many different directions that completing even one worthy security project seems like a major victory

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