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September Security Updates

Posted By On September 14, 2007 @ 2:27 PM In Security Help | Comments Disabled

Q:
Do you know if Microsoft has set any security patches in place for the month of September yet? If so, what are they and when should we be looking for them? Thanks for your help!

A:
Wow, you guys are good! It’s only a few days into September and you’re already asking about the security updates Microsoft issues each month. That shows you really care about your computer and its safety and that’s wonderful to hear. All of us here at WorldStart care about our computers too, so we usually stay on top of this kind of information with each passing month and this one is no exception. Make sure you keep reading for all the pertinent information you’re going to need to keep your computer safe for the month of September 2007. Here we go!

As some of you may know, Microsoft tends to release their patch updates on Tuesdays and well, in case you didn’t know, today is Tuesday! So, that means today is the day. Yes, the patches are released to go out today, so just keep an eye out for them. And who knows, some of you may already have a jump on the day and you’ve already gotten yours taken care of. Or, maybe you haven’t received your notice yet. Either way, the patches are available, so go ahead and do whatever you need to do to keep your computer updated and safe. I’ll be doing the same!

Now, I know I promised you more information about the updates and since I never break a promise, here you go! As you may recall, throughout the summer, it seemed like the patches coming through to us were always of a critical nature. For example, there were four critical errors in June, three in July and a whopping six of them in August. Whoa! Luckily, September is a little different with only one critical patch coming through. What’s it for, you ask? Well, according to Microsoft, it is a patch for a remote code execution problem that has been found in the Windows operating systems.

Along with that critical error, there are four other fixes you will need to download as well. They have been rated as “important,” so it’s necessary to pay attention to them as well, but again, they’re not as involved as the critical error. The four other flaws deal with various problems within a few different products. The first one has to do with a remote code execution problem within the Visual Studio program, the second one deals with an elevation of privilege risk for some of the Windows services in UNIX, the third has to do with an elevation privilege risk within the SharePoint company’s server product and the last one consists of a remote code execution error in the MSN and Windows Live Messenger programs.

Of course, that all may seem like gibberish to you, but it’s still important for you to pay attention to these updates. All you have to do is download them once they show up on your computer, just like normal. Also, just for a heads up, you will probably have to restart your computer after they’re all completed.

While the updates are running on your computer, Microsoft will also be updating the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which is routine with most security updates. They will also be releasing one high-priority non-security update through the Microsoft Update system. You don’t need to be worried about either of those, as they are pretty common material.

One more thing: You also need to keep in mind that while I was writing this article, all of this information was correct, but that doesn’t mean something could change between now and when the updates show up on your computer. Microsoft is always changing things around, so it’s always possible that one of the updates may come through differently. At least you now have an idea of what to look for though. I mean, I love knowing what’s coming up ahead, especially when it involves my computer. Don’t you? Stay safe!

~ Erin


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