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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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Patch Tuesday has become a template for other companies too, with the likes of Adobe and Oracle now employing similar scheduled updates for their software products.
The fourth Flash update was released eight days before the next Patch Tuesday.
IT departments should make patch and remediation a priority," said Audun Lodemel, vice president, Norman Marketing, "Remember to look into all your OS platform and applications vulnerabilities, not just focus on Microsoft issues around Patch Tuesday.
In December's Patch Tuesday update, Microsoft issued 17 bulletins, but fixed only 40 bugs, while the October 2010 update fixed 49 bugs.
Microsoft's decision to accelerate the release rather than waiting until next Patch Tuesday on April 13th is an indication that attacks against the "iepeers" vulnerability are on the rise," blogged Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys.
Join KACE and Lumension for a free webinar titled, "Avoid the Patch Tuesday Wipeout: Ride the Endpoint Patching Wave," being held on Tuesday, December 15 at 10 a.
The commercial software world has become used to patch management, update management and even events like Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, when the Redmond-based software behemoth regularly releases security patches for its software.
com), the leader in testing next-generation network services, today announced that it discovered and helped remediate the fix for one of the zero-day vulnerabilities detailed in today's Microsoft Patch Tuesday security bulletin.
lt;p>Microsoft's goal is to add its Fix-it technology, introduced in January, into its overall patch management toolbox, which is anchored by Patch Tuesday.
Delivers immediate Microsoft Patch Tuesday vulnerability updates within 24 hours or less to stay current with the changing threat landscape.
Leveraging its expert understanding of today's applications, threats and how vulnerabilities get exploited, the team is a consistent contributor in support of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday releases, including discovering nine Microsoft vulnerabilities in the past 12 months.
Palo Alto Networks[TM], the leader in next-generation firewalls, today announced that its Threat Research Team discovered one of the vulnerabilities rated as "critical" that was published in Microsoft's Patch Tuesday security bulletin today.