One more month went by and 34 flaws in Microsoft products were found, which will be patched on Tuesday. This is across a shrinking list of software offerings, with several packages, as well as Windows XP SP2 receiving the final death knell from Microsoft. (Not that there are not lots of people using the things no longer supported, there are many who are using Windows XP SP2, Office 2000, and Office 2003 products, with no intentions of updating anytime soon.)
The prospect of 34 things being wrong in software that we are being told is more secure than ever before is truly amazing, and almost defies credulity.
Microsoft is planning a very busy Patch Tuesday this month: 14 bulletins with patches for 34 vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, SQL and Silverlight.
According to Microsoft’s advance notice for the August batch of patches, eight of the bulletins carry a “critical” severity rating. The other six are rated “important.”
A critical bulletin typically covers vulnerabilities that could be exploited to launch remote code execution or drive-by-download attacks.
All versions of Windows are affected by the patches this month — from Windows XP SP3 through Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
The patches will ship on August 10, 2010.
As someone who has to explain to people that Microsoft is not totally out-to-lunch in its assessments that these newer versions are more secure, it is disheartening seeing these numbers of problems each month – it makes me have to again explain the concept of no perfection coming from human endeavors, and see the disappointed looks in their eyes. I also wonder how many will continue to stay on this coaster ride that is life with Microsoft products.
Quote of the day:
Education… has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
– G. M. Trevelyan