It’s that time of the month again… By which I mean, time for Microsoft administrators to download, test, and deploy a bunch of Microsoft security patches.
This morning, Microsoft posted their security bulletins for August. You can find a condensed version of their bulletins in the August bulletin summary.
By the numbers, today’s Patch Day looks similar to the last month, with exactly nine security bulletins. However, this time Microsoft rates five of the bulletins as critical, and overall today’s updates fix some pretty serious issues.
The affected products include:
- Internet Explorer (IE)
- SQL Server
- Microsoft Developer Tools
- Microsoft Server Software
- and Exchange Server
With so many Critical issues, it’s hard to say which you should handle first. In this case, I’d just follow the order presented in Microsoft’s summary post. Of course, remember to test the updates before deploying them in production environments — especially the server related updates.
I mainly post this early announcement to give you a heads-up that the MS updates are ready, so you can get an early start to patching if you like. However, I’ll release more details about these issues, and how to fix them, as the day progresses. So stay tuned for more. — Corey Nachreiner, CISSP (@SecAdept)