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  • MS-DEFCON 2: Another huge crop of patches

    Posted on May 15th, 2013 at 06:52 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The Black Tuesday patches are out and, as usual, there’s no reason to install any of them immediately…

    … with one exception: if you’re still using Internet Explorer 8, you should stop using it, as I explained in January. Get Firefox or Chrome (my current favorite) and stop using IE 8. If you absolutely must continue using IE 8, install MS13-038 / KB 2847204 (one of today’s patches) immediately. The hole covered by this patch was well documented weeks ago, and is now widely available.

    Let’s see how this month’s patches fare. We’ve had two bad patches so far this year, and a couple that were a bit dicey.

    I’m moving us up to MS-DEFCON 2: Patch reliability is unclear. Unless you have an immediate, pressing need to install a specific patch, don’t do it.

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