Black Tuesday? Not So Much This Month
Microsoft said today it expects to release just a single security patch on Tuesday for computers running its ubiquitous Windows operating system. Microsoft said the update would be assigned a "critical" rating -- its most severe -- meaning the company believes bad guys could exploit the flaw to hijack computers for all kinds of nasty endeavors.
Microsoft generally releases security patches on the second Tuesday each month, known as "Black Tuesday" in computer security circles because of the toll it takes on system administrators tasked with updating thousands of computers with multiple patches, all the while racing against online criminals who waste no time in exploiting flaws.
Occasionally, the company issues a patch outside of its regular monthly schedule if it deems the problem serious enough. Frankly, given the number of outstanding serious flaws reported to Microsoft (that link displays just one subset of them), I had expected a few more patches, but so it goes.
Security Fix will have more details on this patch Tuesday afternoon.
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