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Spyware, viruses, & security forum: NEWS - February 08, 2013

by: Carol~ February 8, 2013 9:13 AM PST

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NEWS - February 08, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator - 2/8/13 9:13 AM

Microsoft to Quash 57 Vulnerabilities in February

On Thursday, as part of the ritual of advance notification, Microsoft announced its plans to address 57 security vulnerabilities within Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office. Of the 12 bulletins that are addressing the fixes, five are critical while the rest are ranked as important.

Tuesday's pending security cycle means that some IT teams will be busy, due to the large amount of fixes to be deployed. Yet, the release is both a blessing and a curse it seems.

"It's good because administrators probably don't have to worry about applying multiple patches for the same advisory to a single host. It's bad because an organization with even the simplest deployment of Microsoft products will probably be hit by all of these advisories, meaning their desktop and server teams will be extra busy," explains Rapid7's Senior Manager of Security Engineering, Ross Barrett.

"The exceptions to the OS vulnerability trend are bulletins 4, which applies to MS Exchange 2007, and 2010 and bulletin 5, which applies to Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010. Bulletin 4 (affecting Microsoft Exchange) is listed as critical, which could mean it is something that a malformed email message would trigger," Barrett explained. "If so, this will be the most directly exploitable of the advisories and should be a top priority."

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Patch Tuesday: IE at risk of malware attacks; 57 flaws in total
Every single Internet Explorer at risk of drive-by hacks until Patch Tuesday
Microsoft Announces Five Critical February Patch Tuesday Updates Coming Next Week

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