Office and Windows fixes star in quiet Patch Tuesday
No criticals for once among the backdoor plugs
September's Patch Tuesday will include five bulletins, none of which are rated as critical.
The patch batch marks the first update in recent times that omits any critical bugs but that's not to say it ought to be ignored.
Vulnerability scanning and security services firm Qualys says attention should be directed towards flaws in Microsoft Office which pose a code execution risk. Excel 2003 through Excel 2010 and Office 2003 through Office 2010 will need patching. Another high priority update covers an as-yet-unspecified remote code execution flaw in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008.
How so? No need for critical fixes is surely a good thing, as is the fact they're continuing to update the products on a weekly basis to cover less major issues.
I'm not a Microsoft lover by any means and don't normally comment but these 'I h@tez M$ buy Linux!!' comments get a bit repetitive when there's no real justification.
I updated my Fedora laptop on Monday and by Thursday there weren't another 30 packages to be updated. Oh, wait, yes there were.
Patch Tuesday is once a month to allow people to plan updates correctly. Once you're managing patches for more than 20 or so computers you can't afford to be testing and releasing updates every week.
Couple that with the fact that even most home users don't want to be continually bombarded with patches and please reboot messages.
If you're insane you can still download all the individual patches and install them manually, but if you're a normal individual you just use the windows update process. If you're a business then you use WSUS.
Microsoft update all software that they supply via the update mechanism. Linux distros update all the software they supply, no difference. Maybe Microsoft will launch an Apple style app store for windows. If they do this you'll start seeing updates for other 3rd party software.