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Windows Updates: December 2008

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Windows Updates: December 2008

It’s that time again! Yep, the Windows Updates for December 2008 were released on December 9, 2008 and if you haven’t already installed them, I urge you to do so soon. This time around, it looks like there were six vulnerabilities labeled as “critical,” while two of them were deemed “important.” There were also several exploits revealed, which were taken care of by the Windows Updates as well. With all of that said, let’s dive in and take a closer look at what changed on your computer this month!

First of all, let me tell you about the critical updates. They are as follows: vulnerabilities in GDI could allow for remote code execution, vulnerabilities in Windows Search could allow for remote code execution, cumulative security update for Internet Explorer, vulnerabilities in Visual Basic 6.0 runtime extended files could allow for remote code execution, vulnerabilities in MS Word could allow for remote code execution and vulnerabilities in MS Excel could allow for remote code execution. Phew, that was a mouthful!

Now, here are the important updates: vulnerability in MS SharePoint Server could cause elevation of privilege and vulnerabilities in Windows Media components could allow for remote code execution. Like I said before, several exploits were also fixed and of course, the monthly edition of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool was also updated. Well, there’s the basics for you! Again, if you haven’t installed the December 2008 Windows Updates yet, please do so as soon as possible. It’s for your own good (and your computer’s!)

~ Erin


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