February 2013 Patch Tuesday and News (albiet a little late)


Microsoft has released 12 bulletins for February 2013 with 5 listed as critical (see the note below about MS13-010) and the remaining 7 listed as important.  It’s important to note that ALL of the ones listed as critical can allow remote code execution (an attacker can install programs on your computer without your knowledge or permission).  Additional details are available from Microsoft here.

MS13-010 is getting it’s own special mention here.  If you’re running Windows, you’re affected.  This vulnerability affects IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9 and IE10 on all supported platforms.  I’ll forego the normal warnings about using IE (don’t use IE, I just can’t help myself) but this vulnerability is reportedly being actively exploited in the wild.  


As of the time of this article, Adobe has released 3 updates affecting Shockwave (do you have Shockwave installed?  Why?  Remove it) and Flash player.  Additional details are available from Adobe here


Ok, Java.  If you don’t need it, remove it or at least disable it.  If you do need it, check daily (or hourly) to make sure that you have the latest version.  Java downloads are available here.  

In related news, it’s rumored / speculated  / hypothesized that a Java exploit was used to breach the Mac computers of Twitter employees.  Details are sketchy and the only really credible info that I could find was on sites that I’m just not going to link to here (Google is your friend).  


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