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Microsoft Setting Record With Next Patch Tuesday

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Microsoft is delivering 14 security updates next week.

Microsoft is slated to deliver a "record-setting" fourteen security updates next week on Patch Tuesday, August 10. The updates will address thirty-four vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and Silverlight. Eight bulletins are rated as Critical while the other six have a listing as Important. Every version of Windows has at least one critical vulnerability that will be addressed in next week's mega-patch.

"For those who keep track of such things, this will be the most bulletins we have ever released in a month; we have released 13 bulletins on a couple of occasions," said Angela Gunn, Microsoft's Security Response Communications Manager. "However, in total CVE count, this release ties with June 2010, so there's no new record there."

Gunn added that Adrian Stone and Jerry Bryant will speak during a public webcast on Wednesday, August 11, and will go into detail about all the bulletins and answer questions live on the air. Interested consumers can register for the webcast by heading here.

Out of the fourteen bulletins, twelve are for the Windows platform. Two are slated for Office, and Internet Explorer and Silverlight will each receive one update. "This is big, not only because of the numbers, but also because they'll affect everybody," said Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of security risk and compliance provider Qualys.

The oldest software affected by Patch Tuesday will be Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2. Other versions of Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows 2000 are no longer supported.

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    bhaberle , August 6, 2010 9:48 PM
    Glad to see they are working. =)
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    NeeKo , August 7, 2010 1:34 AM
    ethanolsonI wish Apple were public about this stuff. I remember being blown away when somebody dug up a patch comparo between Apple and Microsoft that made Apple look horrible. It was definately weird.


    Are you crazy? Why would they work on security? Dont you understand?

    IT HAS NO VIRUSES!!!

    /sarcasm
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    bhaberle , August 6, 2010 9:48 PM
    Glad to see they are working. =)
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    ahnilated , August 6, 2010 10:03 PM
    Quote:
    Microsoft is slated to deliver a "record-setting" fourteen security updates next week on Patch Tuesday, August 10. The updates will address thirty-four vulnerabilities in Windows


    This has to be Microsoft math so that they can say they have the least number of security updates when it is actually 34 fixes not fourteen. Got to love the spin.
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    joex444 , August 6, 2010 11:03 PM
    Quote:
    Out of the fourteen bulletins, twelve are for the Windows platform. Two are slated for Office, and Internet Explorer and Silverlight will each receive one update.


    Speaking of Microsoft math, if 12 are for Windows and 2 are for Office then that's 14. If IE and Silverlight each get one then I'm counting 16.

    Perhaps it should be "record-setting" "fourteen" updates.
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    wotan31 , August 6, 2010 11:15 PM
    So between now and next Tuesday, there's 14 security holes, more than half of them "Critical", for the hackers to play with? That's just great.
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    ethanolson , August 7, 2010 12:58 AM
    I wish Apple were public about this stuff. I remember being blown away when somebody dug up a patch comparo between Apple and Microsoft that made Apple look horrible. It was definately weird.
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    NeeKo , August 7, 2010 1:34 AM
    ethanolsonI wish Apple were public about this stuff. I remember being blown away when somebody dug up a patch comparo between Apple and Microsoft that made Apple look horrible. It was definately weird.


    Are you crazy? Why would they work on security? Dont you understand?

    IT HAS NO VIRUSES!!!

    /sarcasm
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    dEAne , August 7, 2010 3:22 AM
    thanks to microsoft and to tomshardware too.
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    wotan31 , August 7, 2010 3:38 AM
    dEAnethanks to microsoft and to tomshardware too.

    Thanks to Microsoft for what exactly? Leaving millions of users exposed to 34 security flaws in its products all at once?? Yeah, thanks Microsoft. /Sarcasm
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    extremepcs , August 7, 2010 3:56 AM
    Glad I run a WSUS server so I can deploy them to test machines first :)  Odds are at least one of them will break something.
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    cheepstuff , August 7, 2010 3:56 AM
    wotan31Thanks to Microsoft for what exactly? Leaving millions of users exposed to 34 security flaws in its products all at once?? Yeah, thanks Microsoft. /Sarcasm


    No, for fixing them. They already got your money; they don't have to release patches for vulnerabilities. Lets see you write tens of thousands of lines of code without a single hole that someone could breach.
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    ta152h , August 7, 2010 5:25 AM
    For everyone mad at Microsoft for making crappy software, just remember, it's like a child. If you yell at them for asking to buy a toy, but buy it anyway, they'll keep bothering you for it.

    Microsoft has always released poor software. Buggy, bloated, late, etc..., and it's always been known, and reviled. And bought.
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    andrewcutter , August 7, 2010 6:34 AM
    wotan31Thanks to Microsoft for what exactly? Leaving millions of users exposed to 34 security flaws in its products all at once?? Yeah, thanks Microsoft. /Sarcasm

    unlike some other company i know of , they do patch their holes atleast...
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    rohitbaran , August 7, 2010 6:48 AM
    Keep up the good work. :) 
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    Anonymous , August 7, 2010 7:00 AM
    @AndrewCutter:
    There are many bugs, including critical that Microsoft don't fix in an atempt to force companies to update to a newer version of Microsoft products whcih will not be compatible with the software the company runs, with no possibility to self fix the software to run on a newer version or fix the bug themselves, thanks to people who thinks closed source is better.
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    Vladislaus , August 7, 2010 8:12 AM
    ta152hFor everyone mad at Microsoft for making crappy software, just remember, it's like a child. If you yell at them for asking to buy a toy, but buy it anyway, they'll keep bothering you for it.Microsoft has always released poor software. Buggy, bloated, late, etc..., and it's always been known, and reviled. And bought.


    And which other proprietary OS has less security vulnerabilities? The Mac? Oh that's right, it's even worse.
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    maigo , August 7, 2010 8:29 AM
    Here's hoping they close more holes than they open
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    eddieroolz , August 7, 2010 9:46 AM
    I'll be looking forward to this, I suppose.
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    Regulas , August 7, 2010 12:35 PM
    VladislausAnd which other proprietary OS has less security vulnerabilities? The Mac? Oh that's right, it's even worse.

    Your wrong MS Fanboy.
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    Regulas , August 7, 2010 12:40 PM
    I have Win 7 64bit on my gaming rig now. It's OK for gaming but still sucks. Had a second drive in it and used the built in MS backup feature to back my rig up to the second drive. The need arose to format the rig and re-install. Could I boot from the DVD and choose restore from my backup drive, nope. Could I re-install and use the backup HD to restore, nope. Non of my restore options worked, yup Winblows is still that, it sucks.
    When my nephew graduates college he is getting my gaming rig for a gift and I am treating myself to a 27" iMac. Steam is on Mac now and I have a PS3. Winblows and their monopoly on games will not be in my house anymore, finally.
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    hiruu , August 7, 2010 1:11 PM
    LOL...gotta love the windows haters trying to spin this as spin by M$...lol...nevermind that everytime you log into itunes, you'd get another version, which is why I jumped to Zune. And Linux...lol...whatever.
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