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Microsoft Security Update

Microsoft released three "critical" bulletin items and five "important" fixes today -- all addressing 19 flaws in Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.

Microsoft's Monthly Patch Won't Include Zero-Day Graphics Flaw Fix

Microsoft's monthly patch for November will contain three bulletin items rated "critical" and five "important" items.

Zero-Day Microsoft Graphics Component Vulnerability Surfaces

Attacks targeted at users in the Middle East and Asia are exploiting a zero-day flaw found in the Microsoft Graphics Component.

Microsoft SIR: Windows XP 4 Times Higher Infection Rate

Microsoft's 15th Security Intelligence Report (SIR) found that those running XP were more than four times likely to be infected than those systems running Windows 8.

Pop Quiz: Antimalware and Supported Operating Systems

Applies to the "Deploy, manage, and maintain the application environment" objective of Exam 70-416.

Microsoft's October Patch Includes 'Critical' IE Fix

October marks the 10-year anniversary of Microsoft's first Patch Tuesday.



Microsoft Releases Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication

The Windows Azure-based multifactor authentication service launched as a product last week.

CSA Launches Security Certification Program

The CSA, joined by BSI Group, on Thursday said it will offer the STAR Certification program. 

Microsoft Warns of Newly Discovered Zero-Day Internet Explorer Flaw

According to Microsoft's Security Advisory (2887505), released on Tuesday, the company is investigating active exploits that are currently targeting Internet Explorer 8 and 9 users.

Microsoft Runs Into September Patch Problems

Microsoft's September patch release ran into quite a few issues. One problem was associated with a nonsecurity update (KB2817630) for Microsoft Office 2013 that caused an Outlook folder pane to disappear.

Pop Quiz: Securing Desktops with Endpoint Protection

Applies to the "Design and configure desktop settings" objective of Exam 70-415.

FBI Requests BitLocker Backdoor from Microsoft Engineers

In an interview conducted by Mashable, a news and lifestyle publication, Peter Biddle, head engineer during BitLocker's creation, said he was approached by federal agents and asked to create a backdoor in Microsoft's encryption software.

Third-Party Windows XP Security Update Service Announced

Arkoon Network Security has announced its ExtendedXP product will be available this fall for those organizations that want to stick with the aging OS.

62 Percent Surveyed Say Government Snooping on Private Cloud Data

More than half of 300 senior-level IT and security pros said that government agencies are accessing corporate data in the cloud.

Microsoft's July Patch Tuesday Includes 6 'Critical' Bulletins

Microsoft's July's Security Update, released on Tuesday, includes a massive Internet Explorer fix.

Phishing Attack Uses Office Flaw as Entry Point

Trend Micro is reporting a sophisticated cybercrime ring that has already targeted and infected over 12,000 unique IP addresses worldwide with malware.

EMET 4.0 Security Tool Release Scheduled for End of Month

Microsoft will be releasing the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) on May 28, a month after the free tool hit beta.

Pop Quiz: SharePoint 2013: Permissions Inheritance

Applies to the "Install and Configure SharePoint Farms" objective of Exam 70-331.

Internet Explorer Security Bulletin Released by Microsoft

An out-of-band fix for a zero-day use-after free memory vulnerability in its Internet Explorer Web browser was released by Microsoft on Monday.

Windows 8, Windows RT Fixes Included in Microsoft's Final 2012 Patch Update

December's five "critical" bulletins and two "important" items affect all versions of Windows, including its newest Windows 8 and Windows RT.

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