MS-DEFCON 4: Apply all outstanding Microsoft patchesPosted on August 12th, 2012 at 15:28 5 comments
We had a rather hairy Black Tuesday last month, but it looks like we’re now good to go.
And you should apply the Internet Explorer patch, MS12-044, whether you actually use IE or not.
Looks like we have five “critical” patches coming on Tuesday. Get all of your MS patches applied now.
I’m moving us to MS-DEFCON 4: There are isolated problems with current patches, but they are well-known and documented here. Check this site to see if you’re affected and if things look OK, go ahead and patch.
5 responses to “MS-DEFCON 4: Apply all outstanding Microsoft patches”
Woody, do we have to uninstall the FixIt (if we took your advice earlier) before running MS 12-043?
Mark Cauffman August 13th, 2012 at 00:09
You talk about patches as MS12-123. The patches are numbered KB123456 on my update. How do I correlate these two numbers?
Just reinforcing how much I rely on the little warning box and the OK now advice. Am sure I’m not the only one. Thanks. It is even more crucial now with Win 7. (“I’ll worry about Win 8 later”….said Scarlett O’. Maybe she said,”tomorrow”.) Am feeling smiley because so far, after putting in the new patches, the machine is working…
It’s difficult. One Security Bulletin (MS12-123) can correspond to many, many KB articles. Typically there’s one KB article for each major product that’s affected – say one for WinXP, one for Vista, one for Win7, and so on.
One of the reasons why I prefer to offer “all or nothing” advice is so you don’t have to hassle with all of the KB numbers. At this point, I’m advising people to go ahead and apply all of the outstanding patches. The downside of doing that, of course, is that I may hold up an entire month’s worth of patches if there’s one particularly lousy one in the bunch.
Nope. The patch should install right over whatever was done with the Fixit. No need to uninstall the Fixit.
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