Whopper Tuesday

Microsoft Releases Biggest Security Patch Yet

Microsoft has gone the way of Burger King and launched a real whopper – a mega-patch which fixes 31 separate vulnerabilities in. This patch is their biggest to date since the “Patch Tuesday” tradition was instituted.

Highlights of the fixed flaws list include a remotely-exploitable vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 which was disclosed at CanSecWest about two months ago, as well as vulnerabilities in RPC, Active Directory, Excel, Word and Microsoft Works.

No less than four privilege elevation vulnerabilities (only two of which were previously reported publicly) in the Windows Kernel have also been patched.

About the author


Razvan Stoica is a journalist turned teacher turned publicist and
technology evangelist. When Bitdefender isn't paying him to bring complex subjects to wide audiences, he enjoys writing fiction, skiing and biking.

Razvan Stoica started off writing for a science monthly and was the chief
editor of a science fiction magazine for a short while before moving on to
the University of Medicine in Bucharest where he lectured on the English
language. Recruited by Bitdefender in 2004 to add zest to the company's
online presence, he has fulfilled a bevy of roles within the company since.

In his current position, he is primarily responsible for the communications and community-building efforts of the Bitdefender research and technology development arm.