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It’s another Patch Tuesday for Microsoft software

This month there are seven bulletins, addressing twelve issues in Windows, Internet Explorer (including IE 10) and Office. The Microsoft Security Response Center has a useful summary. For the gory details, see the official security bulletin for the December updates over at Technet.

Here are the bulletins:

Malware targeting Windows 8

Microsoft has been putting a lot of effort into making their software more secure, and it’s paying off: Kaspersky’s IT Threat Evolution: Q3 2012 report includes no Microsoft software in its Top Ten Vulnerabilities List.

The anti-malware software bundled with Windows 8 is Microsoft’s strongest offering in any version to date. But as long as Windows is widely deployed, it will remain a popular target for malware developers, as is demonstrated by the recent discovery by Symantec that a new Trojan variant, detected as Backdoor.Makadocs, includes code specific to the new O/S.

Patch Tuesday for November 2012

Another month, another Patch Tuesday. As discussed in the advance warning post, this month’s crop consists of six patches with nineteen fixes for Windows (including Windows 8), Office, Internet Explorer and .NET:

Windows users are encouraged to install the critical updates as soon as possible via Microsoft Update.

More details at the Microsoft Security Response Center.