On Tuesday, 13th October, Microsoft released its biggest software patch on record since June 2009. This latest release is meant to deal with a wide range of security issues surrounding its programs. The gigantic update includes 13 patches (bulletins) which will address 34 vulnerabilities that are present across Windows OS, Internet explorer, Silverlight, Office and other products. The update consists of six critical (high priority) updates which has to be installed immediately for protection from hackers or malicious software downloaded from the Internet.
The most controversial aspect of the release however, is the inclusion of patches for the new Windows 7 operating system which is not due to be released until next week (22 October). The Windows 7 vulnerabilities include the risk of having hackers hijacking your pc through Internet Explorer 8. Although some security experts argue that this development should be a source of concern for Microsoft customers and will go a long way in bringing about bad feelings against the organisation, I tend to disagree. This is because Windows is the most targeted operating system in the world and users should find it reassuring that early steps are being taken to address these security issues and concerns particularly relating to the soon to be released Windows 7.
The patches will be tested by corporate users to test compatibility with existing software before they are finally deployed. Updates will then be available for automatic download or from links on Microsoft security pages.