Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle unite with massive patch batch
Patch Tuesday Extreme Edition
It was an extreme version of Patch Tuesday as Microsoft, Adobe Systems, and Oracle released updates that fixed dozens of critical vulnerabilities in their wares.
As part of Microsoft's monthly patch regimen, the software giant issued 11 updates that patched a total of 25 bugs. At least three of the vulnerabilities resided in media software and created the possibility of a user getting hacked by listening or viewing a booby-trapped audio or video file. One such bug resided in Windows Vista, which was designed under Microsoft's highly vaunted secure development lifecycle, though the more recent Windows 7 was unaffected.
A separate vulnerability that affects Windows 7 - and virtually every other version of the operating system - made it possible for attackers to remotely execute malicious software by sending end users specially manipulated SMB, or server message block, queries used to share files over networks. Microsoft has been working on the fix since at least November, when researchers warned the new SMB functionality was vulnerable to a nasty denial-of-service attack.
At least eight of the vulnerabilities are likely to be targeted by reliable exploits in the wild Microsoft said.
Adobe, meanwhile, fixed 15 security flaws in its Reader and Acrobat software for viewing PDF files. The software maker rated the update "critical," meaning attackers can exploit the bugs to take control of end users' computers.
Adobe also unveiled a feature that will automatically install Reader and Acrobat updates. It may take as long as seven days for the auto updater to be activated on its own, but users can manually kickstart the process by opening the applications and choosing "check for updates" from the help menu. From then on, the updater will query Adobe servers every three days, which should ensure that patches are automatically installed no more than 72 hours after they're released.
Oracle released 47 updates of its own to patch security bugs in a variety of applications, including Database Server, Fusion Middleware, Collaboration Suite, E-Business Suite, and PeopleSoft Enterprise.
The extreme Patch Tuesday is the result of Microsoft's monthly update release coinciding with the quarterly patch cycle from Adobe and Oracle. Making matters harder for admins, many of the patches will require machines to be rebooted. ®
Adobe reader - not suitable for business use
Yeah, I really want 700 desktops individually pulling down a 12MB update from the Adobe servers over our internet connection. NOT!
An awful lot of companies run Windows Update Servers. If Adobe is serious about getting security updates out in a timely manner in commecial environments, it should package it's updates and provide documentation for adding them to a WSUS server. If it doesn't, someone will release a "no-frills" PDF viewer that does the job for for 95% users. Right now, Foxit just doesn't have the "mind-share" (who the hell are they, and can I trust them), but if Microsoft, Google, Oracle or Mozilla did, Adobe's reader would lose 50% of it's coverage in a matter of weeks.
Update: Oh No! Restore again.
Updated all patches and restarted. Now I am unable to access any folders on the desktop. When I click on a desktop folder all I get is MS Onenote opening full of blank pages, the desktop folder options all appear to be messed up, so Restore gets used again.
Run Reader, search for updates, updater says update downloaded and ready to be installed, hit button. Updater says it can't install update.
Maybe better luck next time.