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Disruptive patch requires Server restart

Lumension Security : 10 December, 2009  (Technical Article)
Microsoft's patch release this week includes a critical update for Windows Server 2008 requiring a restart
Matthew Walker of Lumension comments on Microsoft's patch release: "Microsoft rounds up 2009 with six patches in December, three of which are critical and three are important. Of the three critical patches, MS09-072 is the most ubiquitous, affecting all versions of Internet Explorer and carrying Microsoft's highest exploitability rating. This, combined with updates issued by Apple for Java for OS X, Adobe's Flash Player and AIR, make this month particularly important for IT departments to shore-up patches and protect against web-borne malware threats.

"The most critical patch with potentially the greatest impact is MS09-072 as it affects all IT environments using Internet Explorer (6, 7 and 8), specifically impacting Windows 7, Vista and XP which will all require a restart. In addition, this patch has been given Microsoft's highest exploitability rating, indicating that consistent exploit code is likely. Publically disclosed details of this vulnerability are circulating and will undoubtedly be targeted to deliver web-borne malware to unsuspecting Internet users. As a priority, IT departments should quickly assess and immediately patch all end user machines throughout their organisation.

"The last critical Bulletin, MS09-071, affects Windows Server 2008 and requires a restart. Although Microsoft's exploitability scale for this bulletin is less severe, as Windows Server 2008 is most commonly deployed in support of mission critical applications, this update has the potential to be severely disruptive to business operations."
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