Microsoft Updates August 12, 2014

The software giant is set to address nine bulletins affecting a wide variety of company products, including Internet Explorer, Windows, Office, SQL Server, and Sharepoint. Two of the bulletins are rated Critical, the company's highest rated label, as they allow for Remote Code Execution. Seven of the updates are rated Important. According to the security researchers at Qualys, the most important critical security patch is Bulletin #1, which affects all versions of Internet Explorer (IE). This means IE6 to IE11 are affected, on both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT. "Since browsers are the attackers favorite targets, this patch should be top of your list. An attacker would exploit this vulnerability on your users through a malicious webpage. These pages can be on sites that are either set up specifically for this purpose, requiring him or her to attract your users to the site or are on sites that are already under control of the attacker with an established user community, such as blogs and forums," Qualys told WinBeta. The second bulletin is a critical update for Windows, and affects Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, along with the Media Center TV pack for Windows Vista. This update addresses bugs in the graphics processing pipeline allowing an attacker to trick you into opening a malicious file. The third bulletin affects OneNote in Office 2007 and deals with a file format vulnerability as well as Remote Code Execution. "An attacker would have to convince your users to open a malicious file, most likely with a targeted e-mail. Of course if you do not have OneNote installed or are on a newer version of Microsoft Office (you really should be, as 2007 lacks many of the newer security features) you are not affected," Qualys explains. The remainder of the bulletins deal with elevation of privileges in Windows, SQL Server, and SharePoint Server. Windows 8.1 is slated to receive two critical updates, and four important updates. Microsoft recommends that customers apply Critical updates immediately, while the company recommends that customers apply Important updates at the earliest opportunity. Aside from security updates, Microsoft is set to roll out Windows 8.1 Update 2, now known as Windows 8.1 August Update. Originally planned to feature the returning Start Menu, Update 2 will now feature precision touchpad improvements, Miracast Receive support, and various other minor fixes. August 2014 Patch Tuesday takes place Tuesday, August 12th

August 12 2014 Microsoft Updates

Microsoft regularly releases major updates to their Windows operating systems. Below you'll find all the latest information on these updates.

Latest Major Updates to Microsoft Windows (Windows 8)

As of August 2014, the latest major update for Windows 8 isWindows 8.1 Update.1

If you've already updated to Windows 8.1, the easiest way to update to Windows 8.1 Update is via Windows Update. See instructions for manually installing Windows 8.1 Update in theDownload Windows 8.1 Update section of my Windows 8.1 Update Facts piece.

If you are not already running Windows 8.1, see How to Update to Windows 8.1 for detailed instructions on applying the Windows 8.1 update. When that's done, update to Windows 8.1 Update via Windows Update.

The next update to Windows 8 is rumored to be planned for August, 2014.

[1] Beginning in Windows 8, Microsoft began releasing regular, major updates to Windows 8. Service packs will not be released. [2] Windows Vista SP2 can only be installed if you already have Windows Vista SP1 installed, which you can download here for 32-bit versions, and here for 64-bit ones.

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