One Critical Update in This Month's Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Ralph DeFrangesco

Well, it's that time again. You can set your calendar by it -- Microsoft's monthly patch release. Redmond released three security updates yesterday, including one critical patch that is highly recommend to be installed. The other two updates were rated as important. What was missing from the security update was a fix for the recently announced vulnerability found in Excel, for which there have been zero day exploits.

 

MS09-006 addresses a vulnerability in the Windows kernel that could allow remote code execution. MS09-007 fixes a vulnerability in SChannel that could allow spoofing, and MS09-008 fixes a vulnerability in DNS and WINS server that could also allow spoofing.

 

Microsoft said that Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Server 2008 and Windows Vista were all affected by the security patches. The updates are available from Microsoft Update, Windows Update, and Microsoft Download Center.


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Mar 11, 2009 3:11 AM Hank Hank  says:

Does not matter if it's one critical patch or five. When will Microsoft get to the point where it's none?

Hank

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Mar 12, 2009 1:18 AM Hank Hank  says: in response to Ralph DeFrangesco

Ralph,

I understand your reasoning. BUT, lets say you buy a toaster from the store. Wouldn't you want it to work properly when you got it home? Don't we as the purchaser have the right to expect products to be bug free? It just seems that we accept that they are going to have problems and that justifies it. We say, well there is a warranty. How many bugs are acceptable?

Hank

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Mar 12, 2009 8:39 AM Ralph DeFrangesco Ralph DeFrangesco  says: in response to Hank

Hank,

I hate to rush to defend Microsoft, BUT I don't think they will ever get there. It's not that software is a complicated product to produce, but they have to guard against the idiots that write viruses, worms, and other exploits against their OS. This puts them in a defensive position where they have to write patches to plug the vulnerabilities. I wish Microsoft, and the other OS manufactureres didn't have to write so many patches either, but I am at least glad that they are writing them to help me protect my systems.

-Ralph

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Mar 14, 2009 9:49 AM Ralph DeFrangesco Ralph DeFrangesco  says: in response to Hank

Hank,

You make a good point, but I would like to point out that you don't have someone constantly trying to "hack" your toaster and take it over. For the most part, software/hardware manufacturers do a decent job at trying to secure their products. The amount of hackers has been growing steadily. Right now SW/HW manufactureres have the upper hand, but that could change. This forces manufacturers to keep throwing people at fixing security issues when they could be used to unhance the product. Don't get me wrong, security is number one in my book, but lets admit it, if less people were trying to hack their product, they could put assets to better use.

My2cents,

-Ralph

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