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Light MS Patch compensated by accompanying Oracle and Adobe fixes

Lumension Security : 14 January, 2010  (Technical Article)
Lumension comments on the distribution of January patches from Microsoft which coincided with a critical Adobe fix and Oracle's quarterly security update
Despite Microsoft opening the year with minimal patches, January is laden with critical fixes from Adobe and Oracle to compensate, comments Matthew Walker, Regional Director UK & Ireland, Lumension

"Microsoft starts 2010 with the lightest Patch Tuesday we've seen in years, releasing just one bulletin, MS10-001, that addresses a remote code execution vulnerability only for Windows 2000 users, and may require a restart.

"Microsoft's light Patch Tuesday is good news for IT administrators as it leaves them free to deal with yesterday's bumper scheduled patches from Adobe and Oracle. Adobe issued a critical fix for a zero-day vulnerability which is being exploited in Adobe Reader and Acrobat, while Oracle issued 24 new security fixes across all of its products.

"Adobe has had to provide several fixes for critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader 9.2 and Acrobat 9.2 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Reader 8.1.7 and Acrobat 8.1.7 for Windows and Macintosh, which can cause applications to crash and provides an attacker with access to take control of the system. Three of the 24 Oracle fixes have Oracle's highest severity rating, 10.0, affecting Listener, Secure Backup and JRockit.

"Not only do IT administrators need to contend with the snow today, the Adobe and Oracle vulnerabilities have the potential to severely disrupt business operations. IT administrators need to move quickly to assess and immediately patch all end user machines throughout their organisation that use these applications."

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