SIT DOWN PEOPLE. Microsoft may have issued the last regular Patch Tuesday update of its kind.
This epoch, this official Microsoft security document, fixes a whole bag of stuff, and sees the firm making good on the problems that have become apparent in the past few weeks.
These include Internet Explorer, Windows and Office vulnerabilities, and are likely to keep some people on their toes.
Chris Goettl, product manager at Shavlik, said that a mix of zero-day exploits and the recent Hacking Team/Adobe revelations have combined to create a significant workload for recipients.
"This month is going to be a busy one. There are a number of zero-days, public disclosures and exploited-in-the-wild vulnerabilities being resolved across a number of vendors and products," he said. "Microsoft has released 14 updates this month. Patch the Critical updates right away."
The 14 updates, all featured in the 15 July security bulletin, enable fixes for regular problems like giving outsiders elevated privileges or the ability to remotely execute code.
Goettl said that one in particular, an update for SQL (MS15-058), should require some special attention.
"Take a little extra time testing the SQL update," he said. "Microsoft held the update last month, likely to ensure good quality, but it always pays to be cautious with an SQL update."
As for Windows Server 2003, forget about that as Microsoft is not going to support it any more.
Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology at Qualys, said that companies really ought to stop using it, or pay Microsoft to hold their hands through its continued existence.
"July is the last month of patches for Windows Server 2003. Nine of the 14 bulletins affected Windows Server 2003. That is a clear indication that attackers will continue to find issues in Windows 2003 at roughly that rate," he said.
"There are only two things to do to avoid that threat: migrate away from Server 2003 or pay Microsoft for the necessary patches through a special support contract."
This is the end of Patch Tuesday as we know it, as Microsoft is going to move in a different way with Windows 10.
Russ Ernst, director of product management at Heat Software, suggested that Microsoft has given users a significant swansong.
"In the last Patch Tuesday before users may upgrade their Windows operating systems to Windows 10 on29 July, and subsequently enlist a changed patching process, we have 14 updates to deal with from Microsoft that address 59 total vulnerabilities," he said. "Put your summer vacation on hold; it's definitely a crazy month." µ
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