Next Microsoft Patch Tuesday: This Year's Biggest
Microsoft will release critical updates for six security issues next Tuesday.
Biggest Monthly Update This Year
The monthly update, which will be biggest so far this year, will contain critical fixes for Windows, Internet Explorer, Word and Excel in particular, and Office in general.
In all cases, hackers could gain remote control of an affected computer. The Internet Explorer issue appears particularly serious as it reportedly affects all editions, even the recently released version 8. (Source: computerworld.com)
Mac Office Finally Patched
The updates will include a Mac fix for a problem which affected both Windows and Mac editions of Office.
Microsoft issued a Windows fix last month, but announced it did not have a Mac solution ready, which caused some hostility. While Microsoft argued that it was better to protect as many users as possible rather than wait until it could help everyone, critics argued that doing so put Mac users at extra risk by publicizing the unplugged security loophole.
This caused anger among security researchers who say they are pressured by Microsoft to not reveal bugs. Fortunately, on this occasion it doesn't appear as if hackers were able to take advantage and launch successful attacks.
No Quick Fix For QuickTime Bug
Microsoft doesn't yet have a fix for a problem with DirectShow, a system used for handling video and graphics when watching streaming videos (that is, ones users watch online rather than downloading first). The bug involves the way the system handles QuickTime files, a format developed by Apple.
Although there's no Quicktime fix available yet, users can download a tool to work around the problem. This tool prevents computers automatically playing QuickTime movies (and potentially opening a computer up to hackers). Link:
While using this tool, users won't be able to play QuickTime movies on webpages, and will need to either find a different format where available, or download the QuickTime video to their computer and watch in a standalone player. (Source: zdnet.com)
Free eBook: Windows 7 - The Pocket Guide. Windows 7 is by far the most favorite and widely-used Microsoft operating system to date, and, there are literally thousands of customizations you can apply to it. This pocket guide will help you customize your Windows 7 PC and make it work in the easiest and most optimized way possible. The eBook is written in an easy to understand manner, whether you're a newbie or seasoned pro user. Click here to download this eBook now! Note: this eBook is free, but registration is required; after that, you can select more ebooks and videos for download without registering again. If you have questions / problems with the registration form, please read this.
Need tech support? Chat with Dennis now using the chat button near the bottom left of the screen.