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Ever since Windows Phone 7 was launched late last year there’s been a growing buzz surrounding Microsoft’s new phone OS, and with the recent announcement that the Windows Phone Marketplace had surpassed 10,000 apps in those 4-5 months and was growing fast (now well over 12,000) I took a look said “Hey, why not me… Read more

Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2524375

Today we’re releasing Security Advisory 2524375, to address nine fraudulent digital certificates issued by Comodo Group Inc, a root certificate authority. Comodo has since revoked the digital certificates. This is not a Microsoft security vulnerability; however, one of the certificates potentially affects Windows Live ID users via These certificates may be used to spoof… Read more

The March 2011 Microsoft Security Bulletin Release

Today, as part of our monthly security bulletin release, we have three bulletins addressing four vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. One bulletin is rated Critical, and this is the bulletin we recommend for priority deployment: MS11-015. This bulletin resolves one Critical-level and one Important-level vulnerability affecting certain media files in all versions of… Read more

February 2011 Microsoft Security Bulletin Release

Today, as part of our monthly security bulletin release, we have 12 bulletins addressing 22 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and IIS (Internet Information Services). Three bulletins are rated Critical, and these are the bulletins we recommend for priority deployment:  o   MS11-003. This bulletin resolves three critical-level and moderate-level vulnerabilities affecting all versions… Read more

Advance Notification Service for the February 2011 Security Bulletin Release

Today we’re providing our Advance Notification Service for February’s security bulletins. This month, we’ll release 12 bulletins, three of them rated Critical and nine rated Important, addressing issues in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Visual Studio, and IIS. For all the details see the following: Advance Notification Service for the February 2011 Security Bulletin Release… Read more

Advance notification for the December 2010 Microsoft security bulletin release

Just an FYI that the MSRC released their Advance Notification Service for the December 2010 security bulletin release.  As always, they give information about the coming December release and provided links to detailed information so you can plan your deployment by product, service pack level, and severity.  In addition, since this is the last release… Read more

Best practices for catalog authoring in System Center Updates Publisher (SCUP)

If you’re looking for some guidance and best practices on how to author and maintain high quality System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) catalogs then you’re at the right place.  Our very own Jason Lewis has created an authoring guide that will answer just about every question you could have including: "When should I modify my… Read more

Advance Notification for the November 2010 Microsoft Security Bulletin release

Just a quick FYI that we’ve issued our Advance Notification Service for the November ’10 security bulletin release. This time around we’re releasing three updates addressing 11 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office and Unified Access Gateway (UAG). One bulletin carries a Critical severity rating and the other two are rated Important. You can get all the… Read more

Microsoft Releases MS10-070 to all distribution channels

Looks like the Microsoft Security Response Center has released MS10-070 to WSUS: Today we released out-of-band Security Update MS10-070 through the remainder of our standard distribution channels, including Windows Update and Windows Server Update Services. We have completed our testing of these channels and confirmed the update can be successfully downloaded. Customers are strongly encouraged… Read more

Announcing the release of the Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0

This release of the Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 completely replaces the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool version 2.1. VMST 3.0 helps customers reduce IT costs by making it easier to update their offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches—without introducing vulnerabilities into their IT… Read more