Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Microsoft patch day: 11 updates available

Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center plans to release 8 security patches, a new version of the Malicious Software (Spyware) Removal tool and 2 High Priority (non-security) updates to Windows. The Windows Automatic Update feature will pull these in the background if you have that service configured to do so.

In addition, there is a Microsoft Webcast on April 13th at 11am Pacific Time to discuss these updates. Addition information is expected at this link as the time approaches.

For full details of the patches, click the Read More link.


5 Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for these security updates is Critical. Some of these updates will require a restart. These updates will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA).

1 Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Office. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for these security updates is Critical. These updates will not require a restart. These updates will be detectable using MBSA.

1 Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting MSN Messenger. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for these security updates is Critical. These updates may require a restart. These updates will be detectable using the Enterprise Scanning Tool (EST).

1 Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Exchange. The greatest aggregate, maximum severity rating for these security updates is Critical. These updates will not require a restart. These updates will be detectable using MBSA.

In addition, Microsoft will release:
• An updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on Windows Update and the Download Center. Note that this tool will NOT be distributed using Software Update Services (SUS).
• 2 NON-SECURITY High-Priority Updates for Windows on the Windows Update site. These will be distributed to Software Update Services and are not required to install the security updates.


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