Tuesday 13 October 2009

Microsoft Security Updates for October: Monster!

Well, it looks like quite  a few release and testing engineers are going to busy over the next few weeks. Microsoft has just released information for this month (October 2009) for 13 updates. An absolute MONSTER of a Security update.

This is a record release, with the next worst (or biggest, depending on your viewpoint) with a release of 12 updates.

With the October Security update, there are eight Critical updates, and 5 bulletins rated as Important. From the summary information, it appears that six update will definitely require a machine reboot (Restart in MS parlance). Generally, what we see is that most updates to the Windows Operating System require a restart. It remains to confirmed by our analysis this evening, but my bet is either all of the updates will require a restart or all but one (the MS Office update may not require a reboot ) may require a machine restart.

The advance security briefing documentation can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS09-oct.mspx

ChangeBase will conduct  a review of 2000 application packages and will publish a report on the potential impact of these security updates tomorrow.  Our approach includes a Red, Amber, Green appraisal of how the security "payload" (the changes and files affected by the security update) affects each package and their Operating System level dependencies.

Watch this space!

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