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

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Java has been a problem for quite some time now and is continuing to rear its ugly head – averaging one every day for the last week. More vulnerabilities are out in the wild and Oracle has its hands full keeping the platform patched and ready to go. If you haven’t already, update to the latest version of Java immediately and uninstall all older versions. If you aren’t using Java, uninstall it or disable it. This will be one of the best ways to protect yourself as IT continues to wrestle with a more long-term solution to the Java problem.

Henry also recommends taking a look at this recent post where he's listed some tips to help you deal with the Java problem short of revamping your endpoint security strategy.

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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