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Patch Tuesday

The day Microsoft releases new patches (updates, fixes) for Windows and Microsoft applications. Also called "Black Tuesday," Patch Tuesday was introduced in 2003 to provide a routine schedule that network administrators could plan on.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays
On the second Tuesday of the month, Microsoft releases the most critical updates; however, updates that are not security related come out the fourth Tuesday of the month. In addition, Microsoft will release an "out-of-band" patch in between Patch Tuesdays if a very serious vulnerability has been fixed.

Over the years, some patches created problems, including causing applications or Windows itself to lock up. Pundits caution people to disable automatic Windows updating and wait a couple weeks after each announcement to learn if problems arose with the last patch. Needless to say, the vast majority of users choose automatic updating. See patch.
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Users are recommended to download the latest Microsoft patch by enabling Windows Updates, the report added.
This is the largest Microsoft patch release of 2010 and ties the record for the most vulnerabilities ever addressed in a single month; a record set in October of last year," Talbot concluded.
ISS advises that companies apply the official Microsoft patch released last week.
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He explained: 'The starting point is to ask a simple question: which takes longer - applying a Microsoft patch or writing a virus?
The current US-server anti-virus-filtration version reliably defends computers against all known versions of the Code Red worm, and does not require the Microsoft patch.
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It removes Blaster then downloads and installs the Microsoft patch to prevent re-infection.
The French broadcasting company will use the ChangeBASE toolset to assess its applications for compatibility with VMware ThinApp, Internet Explorer 8 and Microsoft Patch Updates.
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