Category Archives: Patches and updates

Patch disables Sidebar & Gadgets on Vista and Windows 7

One of the updates in the July 2012 Patch Tuesday collection was actually a ‘Fix-It’ that simply disables the ‘Sidebar’ and ‘Gadgets’ features of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

This drastic step was taken by Microsoft to address the general vulnerability of the Sidebar and Gadgets. Anyone who uses these features must choose between a) disabling them; and b) continuing to use them and risking the security of their computer.

The details are in Microsoft Security Advisory 2719662.

July 2012 Patch Tuesday is here!

Windows computers configured for auto update should receive these patches in the next 24 hours. If you are responsible for any Windows computers that don’t use auto update, you should run Microsoft Update on those computers as soon as possible. If you’d like to avoid using Internet Explorer (required for Microsoft Update), you can download the updates as a disc image. For the technical details, here are links to all eleven of this month’s bulletins:

MS12-043 – Critical : Vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2722479) – Version: 1.0

MS12-044 – Critical : Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2719177) – Version: 1.0

MS12-045 – Critical : Vulnerability in Microsoft Data Access Components Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2698365) – Version: 1.0

MS12-046 – Important : Vulnerability in Visual Basic for Applications Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2707960) – Version: 1.0

MS12-047 – Important : Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2718523) – Version: 1.0

MS12-048 – Important : Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2691442) – Version: 1.0

MS12-049 – Important : Vulnerability in TLS Could Allow Information Disclosure (2655992) – Version: 1.0

MS12-050 – Important : Vulnerabilities in SharePoint Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2695502) – Version: 1.1

MS12-051 – Important : Vulnerability in Microsoft Office for Mac Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2721015) – Version: 1.0

Microsoft Security Advisory (2719662): Vulnerabilities in Gadgets Could Allow Remote Code Execution – Version: 1.0

Microsoft Security Advisory (2728973): Unauthorized Digital Certificates Could Allow Spoofing – Version: 1.0

Advance notification of July 2012 updates from Microsoft

Microsoft has released its monthly “head’s up” for the Windows and Office updates scheduled to arrive on July 10, 2012.

There are nine bulletins/updates in total, ranging in impact from Important to Critical, affecting Windows (XP and newer) and Office (2003 and newer). One of the critical updates affects only Internet Explorer 9. Another addresses the Windows XML Core Services (MSXML) vulnerability that has been exploited increasingly in recent weeks. A total of 16 vulnerabilities will be addressed by these updates. An updated version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool is also included. A system restart will be required.

Windows computers configured for auto update should start seeing these patches in the early hours of July 10. If you are responsible for any Windows computers that don’t use auto update, you should run Microsoft Update on those computers as soon as possible after July 10. If you’d like to avoid using Internet Explorer (required for Microsoft Update), you can download the updates as a disc image. Microsoft no longer provides a web-based resource for system administrators to download offline updates.