Microsoft Preparing For First Patch Tuesday Of 2010

It seems that Microsoft’s first Patch Tuesday of the year will be a small one as the Redmond-based company plans to release a fix for just one critical vulnerability affecting Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

In addition to that, the company will also provide the patch for the same bug in Windows Server 2003, Server 2008 and 2008 R2 which incidentally has been marked as low by the software giant.

In a post on the company’s security blog, Microsoft’s Jerry Bryant wrote that the company had still not released a patch for a Denial of Service bug affecting its Server Message Block.

The security bug which is affecting Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R8 is capable of locking up affected systems if exploited by a hacker as the system would simply crash without a Blue Screen of Death or any other sign that showed something was wrong.

After it received criticism for its light approach in dealing with this crucial problem, the company announced in the security blog that "“We are still working on an update for the issue at this time. We are not aware of any active attacks using the exploit code that was made public for this vulnerability."

Our Comments

2010 will not be a different year from the previous ones. As usual, system administrators will need to be aware of what's going on around them, when it comes to updating their security solutions and potential weaknesses of their own environment.

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