Microsoft ends year with Patch Tuesday bang next week
So many vulns, so little time
Microsoft has one final bumper harvest of 17 security bulletins to release before the year is out.
The record-breaking number of bulletins from Redmond will be pushed out next Tuesday and will address 40 vulnerabilities.
Microsoft rates two of the 17 security bulletins "critical". Fourteen are considered "important" and the final one is marked "moderate".
The patches apply to Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 as well as Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The software giant is also patching Office XP, Office 2003, Office 2007 and Office 2010.
In October the company patched a massive 49 vulns and released 16 bulletins to address those flaws.
Microsoft has the full details about the forthcoming Patch Tuesday here. Buckle up. ®
Linux may have had a squillion patches in the past [timeframe]. There is a critical difference however which you are glossing over:
With Linux, I only have to reboot when the Kernel is updated. For this reason - and this reason alone - will I never, ever even consider a Windows web server.
Everyone can has WSUS. It r maek patchez teh E Z.
That said, when your archaic bloody database software and/or random mission-critical chunk of industry-specific software decides to eat it's own face thanks to patches you can spend an awful lot of time Q_Qing.
For these reasons, many of us can't simply release the patches to WSUS and forget about it. We actually have to spend [timeframe] testing the bloody things on all of our various configurations.
I can sympathise with the OP. While it probably won’t take me until Christmas to do so (as the OP claims it will on his network,) it most certainly will take me until that Friday. Patches come out on the 14...I'll be testing until the 16, forestall deployment until the 17 because it's a Friday and I can reboot servers at that time without any blitting from the back buffers.
Automated deployment is free, and awesome. Automated /testing/ on the other hand…
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There are plenty of tools to partially or completely automate this process.
if it takes you until Christmas then that's ... very ... dilligent ... of you.