Microsoft's Patch Tuesday updates, released this morning, continue the company's headaches over publicly disclosed security flaws in its products. Last month saw fixes for bugs that had been discovered and disclosed by Google's Project Zero.This month's batch of nine updates includes three that are rated Critical, all with the potential to allow remote code execution on an unpatched system: MS15-009 This security update for Internet Explorer is a whopper, fixing one publicly disclosed vulnerability and 40 privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. It does not include a fix for a recently reported cross-site-scripting (XSS) vulnerability that could allow attackers to steal credentials from visitors to a compromised website. MS15-010 This security update closes a half-dozen vulnerabilities, including one publicly disclosed issue, in Windows 7 and 8.x as well as Windows Server 2008 R2 and later editions. The flaws are in a Windows kernel-level component that … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday release leaves one big vulnerability unpatched
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This month's Patch Tuesday is one of the biggest in recent memory, with 14 separate security-related updates going out via Microsoft's update channels. All but two of the updates are for Windows. (Depending on your OS, you'll find a large number of non-security-related updates as well. More details on those when I get them.) Five updates (four for Windows and one for Office) are rated Critical. The remaining nine are rated Important, all for Windows except for a lone Exchange Server patch. Two of the fixes are for vulnerabilities that have already been publicly disclosed. The good news for Microsoft's Security Response team is that they've cleared all open issues from the Google Project Zero list. Here's a rundown of the security-related updates in this month's super-sized collection. MS15-018 is a Cumulative Security Update that addresses an even dozen vulnerabilities and affects all supported versions of Internet Explorer. It includes the fix for a cross-site scripting … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates block a pair of high-profile exploits
About a month ago I wrote a column celebrating the great things that Patch Tuesday has done for customers and the industry . I still believe in it, but I couldn't have picked a worse time to write it. In the weeks that followed, Microsoft customers have experienced a reign of error under Windows Update. A few days after my column appeared, Microsoft was forced to withdraw two August patches, beginning with a patch for Outlook Web Access in Exchange Server . The buggy code in this patch turns out, ironically, to be written by Oracle, but that's neither here nor there: Microsoft delivered it as part of their product and it caused problems on Exchange Server 2013. The second patch they withdrew was for ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services), but they re-released it a few days later . The Exchange Server update wasn't re-released until late in August , at which point they also re-released a separate July patch for Windows Media Services that had not been withdrawn. Featured … [Read more...] about Why all the errors in Microsoft updates lately?
Corel WordPerfect Office X5 is the only PC-based office application suite that doesn't try to mimic Microsoft Office. It provides a true alternative to Office, not a watered-down imitation, and that's exactly why it survives in a Microsoft-centric universe. Open-source, freeware application suites like OpenOffice.org (Free, Few individual users and fewer companies are ever going to switch away from a world-standard like Office—especially in its new and gleamingly usable Office 2010 release—and move instead to an outlier like WordPerfect. But thousand of government and legal offices have been using WordPerfect for decades, and they don't see any reason to give up its very real benefits. The latest version of Corel's WordPerfect suite offers the familiar interface that government and legal communities require, plus a few well-chosen new features that mostly match long-established features in Microsoft Office. New Features In WordPerfect Office X5 The Standard version of … [Read more...] about Corel WordPerfect Office X5 Standard Edition
Microsoft Access 2010 ($139, list), the database component of Office 2010 ($499 direct, Filemaker's Filemaker Pro ($179-$299 list, Alpha Software's Alpha Five v10 ($249.00-$349.00 direct, wrong with Access; it's a good option (and it won't cost you a dime if you already have certain versions of Office 2010), but Alpha Five offers greater flexibility, and Filemaker Pro 11 beats all comers when it comes to ease of use. FileMaker is our current Editor's Choice for database software. FileMaker makes it easy for the average user to get a database created and deployed. Plus, with instant Web publishing it's easy to get simple applications pushed out to the web. FileMaker Pro 11 also eases pushing out more complex, custom apps with FileMaker Server. Access 2010 however, has one thing FileMaker lacks: a true programming environments that allows for more sophisticated development by professionals. This is an ability Access shares with Alpha Five, so it' fairer to compare these two to each … [Read more...] about Microsoft Access 2010