April Patches Coming

Well folks, your vacation is officially over.  Microsoft is releasing at least 17 patches this month, affecting a wide array of their current products.  15 of these patches will address Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities, the most severe potential risk, 1 Information Disclosure vulnerability, and 1 Elevation of Privilege vulnerability.  The total vulnerability count is expected to be 64 vulnerabilities.

Affected Software:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server Core
  • Windows 7
  • Visual Studio 2005, 2008, 2010 & .NET
  • Visual C++ 2005 & 2008 Redistributable Package
  • Office XP
  • Office 2003
  • Office 2007
  • Office 2004 & 2008 for Mac
  • Powerpoint 2002 through 2010
  • Internet Explorer 6, 7 & 8
  • and a couple of Compatibility Packs and file viewers

Now, if you are running older versions of these products, remember that they will not be patched.  This doesn’t mean that they are not vulnerable, they are just no longer supported and developed for.  Time to get those systems upgraded and prepare to get these patches in place ASAP.

The full version of the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for April 2011 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms11-apr.mspx.

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