No Love for IT this Valentine’s Day

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MS13-016 is a vulnerability in the kernel mode drivers. It’s significant because it addresses 30 CVEs but, before you panic, realize that it isn’t as bad as it looks. All the vulnerabilities addressed here are within a single component. However, different functions within that same component all have the same vulnerability. Microsoft could have chosen to mark this as a single CVE, but chose to present each individual change as a different CVE. This does affect all versions of Windows from XP to Windows 8.

According to Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst at Lumension, it’s going to be a rough Valentine’s Day for many IT admins this month. With ongoing issues with Java and 12 bulletins from Microsoft, including five critical issues and many restarts, it’s going to be a very disruptive Patch Tuesday.

It’s disturbing to note how many different Microsoft platforms are critically affected this month. Everything from Windows XP to the new Windows RT is critically impacted. It’s never a good sign when your current code base is impacted. There are also many more bulletins this month than we’ve seen in the last few months. Henry noted in December that 2012 brought more consistency and stability to Patch Tuesday than we saw in 2011. He hopes that this month is a one-time spike and not a return to the yo-yo pattern of 2011.

 

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