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    Microsoft Releases Record Number of Security Update In 2010, Another 40 Hotfix Comes In December

    Microsoft’s patch days have gotten increasingly crowded in the last few Critical Windows Update Downloadmonths – in October, the company fixed 49 issues across 16 patches, for example – and as a result, 2010 has been a record year for Microsoft patches. Microsoft’s Patch on last Tuesday for this month is looking like another bandwidth-buster: the company plans on offering 17 patches to fix 40 issues across six versions of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2), three versions of Internet Explorer (6, 7, and 8), and four versions of Microsoft Office (XP, 2003, 2007, and 2010).

    Some would point to the record number of patches as proof that Microsoft’s products are insecure and error-prone, but I think that the plentiful patches indicate a company firing on all cylinders in order to keep its customers protected. The fact is that Microsoft regularly releases security updates for products released almost a full decade ago – though I like Apple’s products, the company sometimes allows security flaws in their flagship operating system to go unpatched for months, and they’ve almost completely dropped support for products just half of Windows XP’s age.

    Only two of the December updates have been marked as “critical,” and the problems that they both address could allow an attacker to gain control of a compromised computer. Fourteen of them are marked merely as “important,” and the last is labeled as “moderate.” As always, regardless of an update’s rating, I recommend that all users allow Windows Update or Microsoft Update to keep their computers updated automatically.

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