Get ready to update Windows – EVERY edition.

by cbschulstad

Get ready to update Windows – EVERY edition.
Microsoft plans to issue seven security bulletins for its products next week – four critical and three important – in the March edition of its regular Patch Tuesday software update cycle.

The most troublesome of the critical vulnerabilities carries a remote code execution risk and affects every version of Windows – from XP SP3 up to Windows 8 and Windows RT as well as all versions of Internet Explorer.

A second critical update addresses critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft Silverlight both on Windows and Mac OS X. Silverlight is widely used as an alternative to Flash, in particular to run media applications, for example Netflix.

Third on the critical list is a vulnerability in Visio and the Microsoft Office Filter Pack.

The final critical update covers a privilege elevation flaw in SharePoint, Microsoft’s portal and content management enterprise server software.

The practical upshot is that ALL versions of Windows, some Office components and many consumer Mac OS X installations and more will need updating because of a myriad of security flaws.

The “important” bulletins cover an update to Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 and 2011 as well as an elevation of privilege security bug in Windows that affects XP SP3 up to Windows 8.

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