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Hands on deck for Microsoft Patch Tuesday

June 14th, 2006

Microsoft has released a total of twelve security fixes this June Patch Tuesday, which resolve holes in Windows, Internet Explorer, Word, PowerPoint and Exchange Server products including a fix for the zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Word and a cumulative patch for Internet Explorer.

Alan Bentley, Managing Director of PatchLink EMEA comments:

“It seems that Microsoft is not leaving any stone unturned this month. However, the sheer volume of critical patches in the security bulletin will likely cause a lot of headaches in IT departments this morning. While many had thought there would be a reduction in the number of critical patches, eight of this month´s twelve patches are critical – the highest number in over a year. The increased number of fixes correlates to Microsoft’s decision to get tough on security – and one that will inevitabley benefit the customer in the long term.”

Unfortunately patching is not as simple as sticking on a plaster. IT departments need to have policies in place and resources allocated to get the job done this Patch Tuesday. The key will be to follow guidelines of testing, prioritising and deploying through established policies.”

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