|Microsoft fix 13 Windows exploits
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Today (August 9th) Microsoft released 13 security bulletins, two rated Critical, nine Important and two Moderate. These bulletins address 22 unique vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Developer Tools, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows.
Particular attention should be given to the following Microsoft security updates:
- MS11-057 (Internet Explorer). This security update resolves five privately reported vulnerabilities and two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. Microsoft is not aware of any attacks leveraging the vulnerabilities addressed in this bulletin.
- MS11-058 (DNS Server). This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Windows DNS server. The more severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends a specially crafted Naming Authority Pointer (NAPTR) query to a DNS server. Servers that do not have the DNS role enabled are not at risk.
Specific priority should be given to the 'critical' bulletins that affect IE 6 through to IE9 on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003 and 2009.
Make sure you have Windows Automatic Updates set to 'ON'.
- Click 'Start'
- Click 'Settings'
- Click 'Control Panel'
- Click 'Security Center'
- Finally click on 'Windows Automatic Updates' and set to 'ON'.
Alternatively, if you want to update right now:
- Open Internet Explorer
- Go to the Tools menu and select "Windows Update'
The patch can also be downloaded directly from: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms11-aug.mspx
Simple: Check for Microsoft security updates here
End-of life reminder
Microsoft has end-of-life dates for Windows XP, so we suggest you start updating this operating system, which include Windows XP Service Pack 2, as they are no longer supported as of July 13, 2010. Customers are encouraged to upgrade to Service Pack 3 or to Windows 7 as soon as possible.
TIP: If you do NOT have a Windows Genuine Version we suggest you be aware that Microsoft is now including a notification tool (Windows Genuine Advantage - WGA) in all it's security updates. Click here to find out more.
Source: ID Theft Protect
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