• MS-DEFCON 3: Get Windows XP, Win7 and associated Servers patched

    If you’re running Win8, 8.1, 10 or related Server versions, stay on MS-DEFCON 2. Don’t install this month’s patches just yet.

    But if you have:

    • Windows XP (including Embedded)
    • Windows Server 2003, Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Server 2008, Server 2008 R2

    you need to get patched right away. The sky isn’t falling — there’s no worm making the rounds just yet — but at this point it looks like the benefits of patching outweigh the risks.

    If you’re running Vista, hang tight. Looks like Microsoft forgot to document that one.

    For XP and 7 users, I’m moving to MS-DEFCON 3: Patch reliability is unclear, but widespread attacks make patching prudent. Go ahead and patch, but watch out for potential problems.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows. And I’ll have an AskWoody Alert out soon.