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Microsoft's October 2008 Patches (and an OS X Update)

October's Security Patch Release from Microsoft has seen 11 patches provided. Four of the patches were identified as Critical, six as Important, and one as Moderate. An advisory release was also provided, but not listed with a MS08- number, which provided killbit settings for a number of third party ActiveX controls and set the killbit for Microsoft controls mentioned in MS02-044, MS08-017, MS08-041, MS08-052. Several of the patched vulnerabilities were under active attack prior to patch release and sample exploit code has since been released for several other vulnerabilities. It is imperative that these patches are applied at the earliest opportunity.

It should also be noted that this month marks the start of the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP), and Microsoft have already provided Severity Guidance for this month's patches.

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It should also be noted that Apple released a Security Update last week, which is now available from the Software Update Apple Menu item for OS X 10.4.x and 10.5.x users. Details for Apple's updates can be found here.

17 October 2008

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