October Security Bulletins

Microsoft has released several security bulletins today:

·IT folks can get more information at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms04-oct.mspx

·Home users can get information at http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.mspx

It seems that only 1 of the bulletins (MS04-038) affects users who have Windows XP SP 2 and Office 2003 SP 1, although don't take my word for it -- check the bulletins yourself! If you are running an older version of Windows or Office then you may have more updates to install. There is also an Exchange update today.

You can go to Windows Update and Office Update to check for the required fixes, although they may not have propagated through to all the servers just yet.

Of course, you should also have Automatic Updates turned on, which will download and install the Windows patches for you (but not the Office patches 🙁 ).

You can also sign up for the bi-monthly security newsletter, or subscribe to the security bulletin RSS feed.

Comments (4)

  1. Hi Peter,

    While we’re on the subject. Why doesn’t Windows Update have a good story for running as non-adminstrator? The SP2 recommended option of automatically rebooting (or nagging about it every five minutes) just isn’t acceptable.

    Secondly, I have SAFER enabled (just for kicks) and it totally breaks Windows Update in the browser. How lame is that? Even for the administrator (and I’ve configured SAFER not to apply to the admin accounts). BTW, I found a fix for the SAFER issue here: http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/0x80092026.htm

    (Why is there no KB on this?)



  2. Guus Brugman says:

    The security bulletin RSS feed contains no title

    This feed doesn’t seem to work anymore, but the latest information in this broken feed is from october 12th.

  3. Peter Torr says:

    Security Bulletins typically only come out once a month…

    I used Newsgator and the feed is working for me (including titles)

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