Predictions and the January 2013 Bulletin Release

At the end of each year, some folks take a moment to jot down predictions about what the coming year has in store. I, on the other hand, do not do predictions. I am neither prognosticator, seer, fortune teller, prophet, clairvoyant, soothsayer, nor medium; although I have been accused of being a thaumaturge and security…

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December 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

Hello, Today we’re publishing the December 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page. During the webcast, we fielded five questions focusing primarily on Microsoft Word and the Office compatibility pack in MS12-079. All questions are included on the Q&A page. We invite our customers to join us for the next public webcast on Wednesday,…

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November 2012 Bulletin Release

Security UpdatesToday we released six security bulletins to help protect our customers – four Critical, one Important, and one Moderate – addressing 19 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Shell, Windows Kernel, Internet Explorer, Internet Information Services (IIS), .NET Framework, and Excel. For those who need to prioritize deployment, we recommend focusing on these two Critical updates…

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Advance Notification Service for October 2012 Security Bulletin Release

Today we’re providing advance notification of the release of seven bulletins, one Critical and six Important, which address 20 vulnerabilities for October 2012. The Critical bulletin addresses vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word. The six Important-rated bulletins will address issues in Windows, Microsoft Office, and SQL Server. This release will also address the issue in FAST Search…

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September 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

Hello, Today we published the September Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page. During the webcast, we fielded thirteen questions, focusing primarily on MS12-061, covering Visual Studio Team Foundation Server; MS12-062, affecting System Center Configuration Manager; and Security Advisory 2736233, addressing Update Rollup for ActiveX Kill Bits. We have the slide deck from the webcast…

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June 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

Hello, Today we published the June Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page, and the June 2012 Security Bulletin Release Webcast slide deck. We fielded 23 questions on various topics during the webcast, including bulletins released, deployment tools, and update detection tools. Our webcast from Wednesday is now available for on-demand viewing. See below: We…

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Certificate Trust List update and the June 2012 bulletins

For Update Tuesday we’re releasing seven security bulletins – three Critical-class and four Important – addressing 26 unique CVEs to further improve the security postures of Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Dynamics AX, Microsoft Lync, and the Microsoft .NET Framework. In addition to the security bulletins, we are releasing an automatic updater feature for Windows Vista…

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Microsoft security updates and the Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework

As a part of the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI), Microsoft is pleased to present an initial set of monthly security updates – originally released on May 8 – in the consortium’s newly established Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework (CVRF) format, for your examination and feedback. Today, ICASI released version 1.1…

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May 2012 Security Bulletin Webcast, Slide Deck, and Q&A

Hello, Today we published the May Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page, and the May 2012 Security Bulletin Release Webcast slide deck. During the webcast, we fielded 8 questions on various topics, including bulletins released, deployment tools, and update detection tools. We invite our customers to join us for the next public webcast on…

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Bulletin Management Process and the May 2012 Bulletins

Hello, Have you ever wondered why bulletins group particular issues together? Or one set of products and not another? Well today Jonathan Ness has posted an insightful Security Research & Defense (SRD) blog discussing some of the nuances and packaging decisions that went into MS12-034. This is a particularly interesting case to dive into and…

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