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Shavlik Advises Immediate Action On Out-of-Band MS Patch

Shavlik Technologies : 03 August, 2010  (Technical Article)
Microsoft has released a bulletin addressing a vulnerability that is currently being exploited with consequent urgency in applying the patch
Jason Miller, data and security team leader, Shavlik Technologies discusses the latest out of band patch from Microsoft.

'Microsoft has just released an out-of-band security bulletin as announced last Friday. This bulletin addresses one zero day vulnerability that is currently being exploited in the wild. The MSRC found a new, particularly nasty, virus exploiting the vulnerability. Sality.AT has seen an uptick in infections in the past few days. MS10-046 affects all supported operating systems. If you have applied the workarounds suggested by Microsoft, you should remove them as soon as your systems are patched. I am sure people will enjoy having their icon images back on their Start Menu and Desktop.

Microsoft releasing a security bulletin out-of-band is not uncommon. The most surprising aspect of this release is how close we are to the regularly scheduled patch Tuesday. In previous out-of-band releases, you can see the timing is typically in-between patch Tuesdays.

* MS09-034: July 28, 2009 - Two weeks prior to scheduled patch day
* MS09-035: July 28, 2009 - Two weeks prior to scheduled patch day
* MS10-002: January 21, 2010 - One and a half weeks prior to scheduled patch day
* MS10-018: March 30, 2010 - Two weeks prior to scheduled patch day

With a release this close to Patch Tuesday, it is safe to assume you should patch this security bulletin immediately.

While patching MS10-046, you should take a look at patching your Apple Safari browser installations. Apple released a security update last Thursday addressing 15 vulnerabilities.'

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