Feeds

Three critical fixes in store for MS November Patch Tuesday

Has another crack at some October uberpatch flaws

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Microsoft plans to deliver six updates - three critical - as part of its November Patch Tuesday cycle.

All three of the critical updates due on 10 November involve patches for Windows. Tuesday is also due to bring two "important" (ie. slightly lower risk) updates for Office and another "important" Windows-related security fix, according to MS's pre-alert advisory.

As is the local custom, Redmond is holding back details of the flaws to be fixed until the patches are delivered. However from details of the affected software packages it looks like Win 7 machines are in the clear and will not need patching, at least against operating system flaws. One of the critical Windows updates affects Vista while a separate (critical) flaw is bad news for systems running XP or Server 2003.

November's patch batch follows a bumper crop of 13 bulletins that collectively tackled 34 security flaws across a wide range of Microsoft products last month.

Predictably enough the large patch batch failed to run altogether smoothly. On Monday (2 November) Microsoft re-patched Internet Explorer, marking the third time it was obliged to repair one of the updates from its October 2009 uberbatch. The tweaked update addressed problems experienced in displaying web pages by some customers who had applied the MS09-054 patch, as explained here.

Andrew Clarke, senior VP at patching specialist Lumension, reckons three of the updates due out of Tuesday may also be aimed at tackling glitches with the October patch batch.

"Microsoft is delivering three critical patches and three important patches, none of which impact Windows 7," Clarke said. "Three of the November patches, however, appear to be updates to or re-releases of patches that were issued last month including Live Communications Server 2005 and Office Communications Server 2007, as well as scenarios involving the usage of Windows Server Update Services or running Microsoft Office Access Runtime 2003." ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?
Microsoft's long history of broken Windows sync
Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority
Let’s Encrypt to give HTTPS-everywhere a boost in 2015
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'
Sugarcoating Android's Lollipop makes tab easier to swallow
Bug fixes! Get your APPLE BUG FIXES! iOS and OS X updates right here!
Yosemite fixes Wi-Fi hiccup, older iOS devices get performance boost
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer
New preview build continues Redmond's retreat to the desktop
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.