Three guys got together over pints in February 2009 and talked about how one of the issues facing Technical Professionals today is keeping their systems patched and up to date. This issue was brought up to them at a User Group meeting they were attending (Ottawa Windows Server User Group) where we were participating in an “Ask the Microsoft Guy” panel discussion.
Over pints at D’Arcy McGee’s, Pierre Roman, Bruce Cowper and I decided we would try to help solve the issue of information overload regarding patching and put together a timely podcast to go live each “Patch Tuesday”.
- Use plain English terms and every day language that any Technical professional can understand – minimize “corporate speak”.
- Breakdown each Security Bulletin with summary information first followed by more details as to the impact an IT Pro would face.
- Outline mitigation factors in case patches couldn’t be tested or applied in a timely fashion
- Keep it top 20 minutes OR LESS. This one is critical – Keep It Simple, repeatable and get out of the IT Pros way to get on with their day.
- Have fun!
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As always – if you have suggestions on making it better – please pass on your comments. Mail me directly – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Disclaimer: This podcast was produced with the best information available to us at the time of recording. Your primary source for all things Security Bulletin related should always be the Microsoft Security Response Center blog.
Bulletins discussed for August 11th, 2009:
- MS09-036 – Important Vulnerability in ASP.NET in Microsoft Windows Could Allow Denial of Service (970957)
- MS09-037 – Critical Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Active Template Library (ATL) Could Allow Remote Code Execution (973908)
- MS09-038 – Critical Vulnerabilities in Windows Media File Processing Could Allow Remote Code Execution (971557)
- MS09-039 – Critical Vulnerabilities in WINS Could Allow Remote Code Execution (969883)
- MS09-040 – Important Vulnerability in Message Queuing Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (971032)
- MS09-041 – Important Vulnerability in Workstation Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (971657)
- MS09-042 – Important Vulnerability in Telnet Could Allow Remote Code Execution (960859)
- MS09-043 – Critical Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Web Components Could Allow Remote Code Execution (957638)
- MS09-044 – Critical Vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Connection Could Allow Remote Code Execution (970927)
Podcast Participants: Pierre Roman and myself.
Additional Technical Show Notes:
- Pierre and I were in a local pub called “The Loon and Arrow” recording this one – I hope the background noise isn’t too much to handle. For those of you wondering – we were having a pint of Wellington breweries finest “County Dark Ale”.