A new version of Opera was made available today. Version 12.12 fixes a few security issues and other minor bugs.
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:
Adobe has released new versions of Flash for all platforms. Windows users are encouraged to update Flash to the new version: 11.5.502.135.
Internet Explorer 10 and Google Chrome users will get the equivalent patch in the form of updates from Microsoft and Google, respectively.
The new versions fix a serious security issue in Flash.
The latest version of Google’s web browser has a few minor fixes, including one for a bug that caused the browser to crash in certain situations. Several security issues are also addressed in this version.
The latest version of Google’s Chrome web browser includes two security fixes and a few minor non-security fixes.
Version 23.0.1271.91 of Chrome includes several security and other bug fixes.
With Christmas just over a month away, CERT is reminding us to be wary of holiday-related email. Malware and scam perpetrators use ‘big events’ like Christmas and celebrity deaths to push their wares on unsuspecting people.
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.
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:
- MS12-071: Internet Explorer [Critical]
- MS12-072: Windows [Critical]
- MS12-073: Internet Information Server
- MS12-074: .NET Framework [Critical]
- MS12-075: Windows [Critical]
- MS12-076: Office
Windows users are encouraged to install the critical updates as soon as possible via Microsoft Update.
More details at the Microsoft Security Response Center.