Patch Management

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Time to update Windows and Office

Now that the dust has settled on December’s patches, it's a good time to get caught up

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Don't install this Windows patch: Intel System 8/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

Here are the details on the undocumented patch that mysteriously appeared yesterday

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Microsoft sneaks out undocumented hotfix for Windows 10, build 14393.577

The hotfix, disguised as a manual download-only cumulative update, addresses the VMM bug in this month’s cumulative update for Windows 10

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Apple's MacOS file encryption easily bypassed without the latest fixes

Custom-made Thunderbolt devices can be used to extract the encryption password from locked Macs

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Say good-bye to Microsoft security bulletins

It’s still too early to install the latest patches for Win7, 8.1, and Office, but next month things will get less complicated

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Windows 10 1607 patch KB 3206632 solves ‘dropped internet connection’ bug

Microsoft releases a fix for last week’s mysterious 'Wi-Fi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration' bug, but other problems persist

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Netgear starts patching routers affected by a critical flaw

The company has identified eight affected models so far and has released beta firmware updates

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Too many contractors spoil the business

Contractors have their uses, but companies that opt for them by default lose the valuable institutional knowledge that permanent employees can bring

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Microsoft fixes Windows 7 'Group B' security-only patching method

Great news: TechNet blog eschews fixing Win7/8.1 security-only bugs with monthly rollup patches

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Flash Player remains target of choice for exploit kits

A recent report finds that six of the top 10 vulnerabilities target Flash Player as cybercriminals take advantage of irregular and slow patching schedules

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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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