No Luck O’ the Irish for IT this St. Patty’s Day

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Next is MS13-026, which is an important issue for Outlook for Mac. Essentially, it’s a fingerprinting vulnerability. Email spammers will send a bunch of spam email to determine if your email address is valid, which they could then use for other things. Fortunately, the only thing this vulnerability will do is disclose whether or not your email is real. There are unfortunately no mitigation techniques for this, so Mac users will want to install this one quickly.

IT admins can’t seem to catch a break this year. First, the never-ending stream of Java issues that has kept folks on their toes since January. Now they’ve got another busy month of patches ahead of them, with seven total patches from Microsoft, four of which are critical. However, once again the issues outside of Microsoft will likely eclipse the Patch Tuesday patches this month.

According to Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst at Lumension, three months into 2013 and already we’re seeing higher numbers of patches from Microsoft, particularly across critical patches. Last year at this time, Microsoft was averaging seven patches, only two of which were critical. This year, Microsoft has so far averaged close to nine patches, about four of which are critical. To really put things in perspective, by March of 2011, Microsoft was averaging close to six patches, with around one critical patch. We can only hope that this increase is due to a combination of new platforms and better discovery of vulnerabilities, rather than actual ongoing security problems at Microsoft.

 

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