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Heavy patch release expected from Microsoft

Lumension Security : 10 August, 2009  (Technical Article)
Lumension comments on yet another disruptive patch release from Microsoft after a summer already laden with security updates
Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst at Lumension comments: "After a summer of heavier-than-normal Patch Tuesdays, the last thing IT workers need next Tuesday is yet another large batch of patches from Microsoft. Unfortunately that is exactly what they will get as Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing a total of nine security updates, five of which are critical and seven of which require disruptive restarts. Amidst all of the patches previewed in the advanced bulletin for August, it looks like the two patches to watch will be Bulletin 2 and Bulletin 4. Both of these are critical across a wide range of Microsoft platforms, require a restart and have the potential to be kernel level problems across all current versions of the product.

"It's always concerning when security products have vulnerabilities and this month is no exception. One of Microsoft's security products, Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) server, appears to have a hole that's critical on all versions; therefore, companies that are actively using this product as part of their security infrastructure will need to patch this vulnerability immediately. Given that changes in security software often require an intense change-management process, IT teams should get the skids greased and be ready.

"Overall, the full impact on IT workers will not be clear until the bulletin details are released on Tuesday, but this will only add to the work load that IT is already facing with the patches that Apple and Mozilla distributed within the last week. There has been speculation by many in the IT industry that, over time, the need to invest time and resources in patching would diminish, but just looking back at the number of critical patches that Microsoft issued in June (6) and July (4), the short-term trend doesn't support that theory."
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