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40 Vulnerabilities Patched In End of Year Bulletin Issue

Lumension Security : 16 December, 2010  (Technical Article)
Lumension comments on the bumper patch Tuesday issued by Microsoft to close out 40 vulnerabilities before the end of the year
Microsoft is closing 2010 with a mammoth patch Tuesday. Alan Bentley, SVP International at Lumension commented: "Organisations are getting no respite in the final instalment of vulnerability patches for 2010. Microsoft seems to be making up for lost time, following its comparatively light load in November, with the release of 17 patches addressing a mammoth 40 vulnerabilities. This huge update includes the two patches rated critical, fourteen rated important and one rated moderate. Mozilla is also adding to the year-end scramble with the release of nine critical patches, which were released just a few days before Microsoft's instalment.

"The two critical Microsoft updates, the MS10-090 and MS10-091, will certainly take priority not purely for their critical rating but for the high-profile vulnerabilities they address. The MS10-091 is closing the Stuxnet vulnerability which has plagued thousands of businesses worldwide whilst the MS10-090 addresses the Internet Explorer 'Uninitialized Memory Corruption Vulnerability - CVE-2010-3962' which left users exposed to 'drive-by' hacks and was surprisingly neglected in last month's patch cycle.

"Despite the fact that the two critical patches address high profile vulnerabilities, because many of the important patches were publically disclosed before the fixes were released, IT departments should ensure that this complete patch load a top priority to try and give themselves at least a bit of down-time.

"This final bumper patch load of the year is reflective of the more rigorous effort we're now seeing from the industry as a whole to indentify and address vulnerabilities. Whilst the hacking community isn't going to take a break any time soon, this more concerted effort to plug the gaps should certainly be of some comfort to businesses and government organisations as we move into 2011 and threat levels continue to evolve."
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