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August 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast, Q&A, and Slide Deck

Monday, August 19, 2013

Today we’re publishing the August 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page. We fielded 13 questions on various topics during the webcast, with specific bulletin questions focusing primarily on Exchange Server (MS13-061) and Windows Kernel (MS13-063). There were 3 additional questions during the webcast that we were unable to answer on air, and we have also answered those on the Q&A page.

Out with the old, in with the April 2013 security updates

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Windows XP was originally released on August 24, 2001. Since that time, high-speed Internet connections and wireless networking have gone from being a rarity to the norm, and Internet usage has grown from 360 million to almost two-and-a-half billion users. Thanks to programs like Skype, we now make video calls with regularity, and social media has grown from a curiosity to a part of our everyday lives.

It’s That Time of Year, For the December 2012 Bulletin Release

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Happy holidays! I hope everyone is enjoying the festive season. I like to get my holiday shopping done early, and this year was no exception. In the middle of my holiday shopping last week, as I passed my cash from one store to the next, I was reminded of “Pass-the-Hash.” (My mind does tend to wander a bit as I shop.

November 2012 Bulletin Release

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Security Updates Today we released six security bulletins to help protect our customers - four Critical, one Important, and one Moderate – addressing 19 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Shell, Windows Kernel, Internet Explorer, Internet Information Services (IIS), .NET Framework, and Excel. For those who need to prioritize deployment, we recommend focusing on these two Critical updates first:

August 2012 Bulletin Release

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Security Advisory 2661254 - Update For Minimum Certificate Key Length Before we get into the details of this month’s bulletin release, let’s take a look at an important change on how Windows deals with certificates that have RSA keys of less than 1024 bits in length. We’ve been talking about this subject since June, and today we are announcing the availability of an update to Windows that restricts the use of certificates with RSA keys less than 1024 bits in length with Security Advisory 2661254.

A live BlueHat Prize webcast and the August 2011 security updates

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Hello all. It has been very nearly a week since our BlueHat Prize contest announcement at Black Hat. Now that everyone’s had some time to digest the basics, we’ve asked Senior Security Strategist and chief BlueHat Prize architect Katie Moussouris to stop by the Trustworthy Computing studio today at 11 a.

Exploitability Index Improvements & Advance Notification Service for May 2011 Bulletin Release

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Hello everyone, Today we are announcing changes to Microsoft’s Exploitability Index. Since October 2008, we have used the Exploitability Index to provide customers with valuable exploitability analysis for our security bulletins, and starting Tuesday this information will become even more comprehensive for those who use Microsoft’s latest platforms. The Exploitability Index assesses the likelihood of functional exploit code being developed for a particular vulnerability.

Exploitability Index Improvements Now Offer Additional Guidance

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Exploitability Index Improvements Now Offer Additional Guidance In October of 2008, Microsoft published its first Exploitability Index: a rating system that helps customers identify the likelihood that a specific vulnerability would be exploited within the first 30 days after bulletin release. As of this month, we are making some changes to the rating system to make vulnerability assessment more clear and digestible for customers.

Q&A from April 2011 Security Bulletin Webcast

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hello, Today we published the April Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page. We fielded 14 questions on various topics during the webcast, including bulletins released, deployment tools, and update detection tools. There were two questions during the webcast that we were unable to answer and we have included those questions and answers on the QA page.