Once again, Microsoft has a large number of security vulnerabilities to be addressed, and today is the last Patch Tuesday of 2010. This update will address 40 vulnerabilities contained in 17 security bulletins.Five of the 17 security updates, fixed long-standing flaws that could be used by attackers to plant malware on a PC by tricking Windows into thinking a malicious DLL (dynamic link library) was actually a legitimate part of the OS.
Only two of the 17 updates were judged critical, Microsoft's top-most threat ranking in its four-step scoring system. Another 14 were marked "important," the second-highest rating, while the remaining update was labeled "moderate."
The patches apply to Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 as well as Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The software giant is also patching Office XP, Office 2003, Office 2007 and Office 2010.
In October the company patched a massive 49 vulnerabilities and released 16 bulletins to address those flaws. Today's is just shy of that record with 40 vulnerabilities, but 17 bulletins.
To read the full details about the latest Patch Tuesday updates, you can visit the Microsoft Security Bulletin. To make sure your machine is updated, you can run the Windows Update from the Control Panel. Please be advised, if you are running Windows XP and haven’t installed the latest Service Pack this will be included in the update. If you wish to not install the Service Pack, simply uncheck the box next to Service Pack 3. If you need any further assistance or have any questions, feel free to contact River Run at 414-228-7474.