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Patch Tuesday Brings Big Updates to Windows Security

James David - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Earlier today Microsoft released its latest round of security updates as part of its monthly patching schedule. The update includes security bulletins for various versions of the Windows operating system, Internet Explorer, Office, .NET Framework, SQL Server and more.

Nine of the 16 bulletins are rated by Microsoft as "critical", their most severe rating, because of their potential to allow remote code execution in an unpatched state.

Keeping software up to date is one simple and important step in keeping your system secure and running well - especially when it comes to your operating system, antivirus software, and browser. Plug-ins like Adobe's Flash and Reader are also good to keep an eye on, as they receive their own security updates with reasonable regularity.

Simply open Windows Update for the latest round of security updates for your system.

 

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Adobe releases security advisory for Flash Player

Paul Risbey - Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Yesterday (13/09/2010) Adobe released a security advisory warning of a vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier for Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris and Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android. The same vulnerability affects Adobe Reader 9.3.4 and earlier for Windows, Mac and UNIX and Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier for Windows and Mac.

Adobe Flash logo

The vulnerability can potentially cause a crash and allow an attacker control over an affected system. Although Adobe has reports of the vulnerability being exploited in installs of Flash Player running on Windows, it has not yet seen evidence of attacks against Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

Fixes for the issue are due for the Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris and Android versions of Adobe Flash Player during the week of September 27th, with patches for the affected versions of Adobe Reader 9.3.4 and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 following during the week of October 4th.

Via Techspot

Hit this link to read Adobe's security advisory

 

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Microsoft issuing a security updates to address 13 vulnerabilities

Paul Risbey - Saturday, September 11, 2010

Microsoft plans on issuing a "wide load" security update for its upcoming Patch Tuesday release, incorporating nine bulletins that address 13 vulnerabilities.

The upcoming Microsoft security update addresses four flaws Microsoft designated with the highest severity ranking of "critical," while the rest are all ranked with the slightly less severe rating of "important."

The critical patches address security vulnerabilities in Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Vista, Internet Information Services (IIS) and Microsoft Office, while glitches in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are primarily covered by updates deemed "important."

Security experts say that there is a strong possibility that the impending bulletins will address some of the recent DLL hijacking issues actively exploited in Microsoft's products with a revised guidance for Hotfix.

"Currently it is the only at the advisory level and users have to make an active decision to get protection against DLL hijacking in third party applications," said Wolfgang Kandek, Qualys chief technology officer, in a blog post.

Last month was the first in which Microsoft completely cut off support for Windows XP SP2, but the majority of updates of XP SP3 also can still be applied to the discontinued version.

However, that won't always be the case. "Windows XP SP2 users should upgrade to SP3 as quickly as possible," Kandek said.

 

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Photoshop CS5 updated to 12.0.1

Seth Reinhardt - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Not content to rest on its laurels after dazzling us with powerful new features like content aware fill and working edge detection, Adobe has recently released its 12.0.1 update for Photoshop CS5 on both Mac and PC.

According to John Nack from Adobe, version 12.0.0 of Photoshop CS5 generates less than 10% of the crash reports generated by the equivalent version, 11.0.0, of Photoshop CS4. This means that Photoshop CS5 is more than 10 times as stable as CS4 was in its corresponding stage of development. Still, it is impossible to release perfect software, especially in a package as complex and powerful as Photoshop CS5 and that is where the patching process comes in.

Thankfully, patching software is now easier and faster than ever and updating your copy of Photoshop is as simple as opening Photoshop, going to the Help menu and selecting Updates.

update photoshop from help menu

I don't have Photoshop installed on this machine, but the process is the same.

Alternatively you can download the update directly from the Adobe website:

It is always a good idea to be properly backed-up before making system changes.

Please read on for Adobe’s full list of changes, via their blog at John Nack on Adobe:

The Adobe Photoshop 12.0.1 update addresses a number of high priority bugs with 64-bit Mac, Performance, User Interface, Type, Content-Aware Fill, HDR, 3D, Painting, GPU and Liquify. The most significant fixes in the Photoshop 12.0.1 update include the following:

  • A number of issues that could cause slow performance have been addressed.
  • Top crashers found in the field have been addressed.
  • 3D refractions, Ray Tracing and IBL workflows have been improved.
  • Out of memory error opening some TIFFs has been addressed.
  • A crash in Content-Aware Fill has been addressed.
  • Font related crashes have been addressed.
  • A number of user interface and workspace issues have been fixed.
  • A number of painting-related problems have been addressed, including video layer issues.

We also addressed several issues that were result of the major architectural changes on the Mac side in the move to Cocoa/64-bit:

  • Right-click correctly selects the layer clicked on in the context menu.
  • Right-click to bring up the brush picker displays the picker under the cursor on the correct monitor.
  • Slow performance when using the Liquify filter has been fixed.
  • An issue where menus become disabled has been fixed.
  • Scrolling speed using Apple Mighty and Magic Mouse mouse wheel has been improved.
  • Double-clicking the document title bar now correctly minimizes the document.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when generating font previews. Note: We continue working with Apple to address remaining issues related to fonts and font caches. For info on those issues, use the Troubleshooting Fonts in Photoshop CS5 tech doc here.
  • Fixed an issue with batch processes on open documents.
  • Droplets are now Intel-native to improve compatibility in 64-bit mode and to remove the requirement to run droplets using Rosetta.
  • Fixed an issue where a white pixel would show up on screen after invoking certain dialogs.

Windows-specific issues of note:

  • Fixed an issue running on older AMD processors that prevent Photoshop from launching. (Application failed to initialize properly (0xc000001d))

The team thanks everyone from the community who helped us identify issues and test several of the fixes prior to the 12.0.1 update being released.

Visit our online store to purchase Adobe Photoshop CS5

 

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