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Patch Times 12

After tomorrow, your Microsoft software is going to look like the tires on the Three Stooges' car -- full of patches!

Microsoft is releasing a full dozen patches tomorrow, covering everything from Office to Access and nearly all current versions of Windows (for some reason, Windows Me and DOS 6.0 don't get any fixes).

While most patches cure that old bugaboo, the Remote Code Execution, no less than three try to keep hackers from stealing information.

In two months, there will be a fairly big change in how Microsoft discloses its flaws. Starting in September, the company will give more detail on the severity of its flaws so you can decide which patches to install first.

Is your patching under control, or still a pain in the neck? Complaints and advice both welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on August 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM


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