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Big patch release after lull from Microsoft.

Lumension Security : 08 February, 2008  (Technical Article)
February patches from Microsoft are set to keep Administrators on their toes with critical releases affecting IIS, Office and Windows.
Microsoft has released its Advance Notification for February 2008 which contains many critical patches for administrators to handle.

Alan Bentley, Regional VP of Lumension EMEA (formerly PatchLink) comments:
"This month's patches are going to require a great deal of man hours for IT administrators, from determining what is affected to the testing and deployment processes. IT administrators might be spending this Valentine's Day in the office."

'After several slow Patch Tuesdays, administrators are faced with the most patches they've seen in a year. Because so many critical patches affect so many applications (including Office, Internet Explorer and the operating systems themselves), these are wide spread enough to have a bigger effect than we've seen in a year and they are going to require the utmost attention and energy. In addition, so many remote code execution flaws that don't require end-user interaction are hugely critical because of the danger of malware and rootkits."

"Because we are so used to trusting and opening Office attachments, the fact that there are three critical patches for Office opens up a huge window for a potential attack, whether general or targeted."

"The two important patches for IIS is surprising because this is a very prime target compared to an endpoint, and this is definitely not something that you want to be vulnerable. IT administrators should examine these patches closely."
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