New Update Resolves 50 Security Vulnerabilities
This week brought the second Tuesday of the month, which is known to some as Patch Tuesday. On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft issues updates to patch any security vulnerabilities found over the last month. The update that hit this week patched approximately 50 security gaps in programs such as Internet Explorer, Adobe Flash Player, and Edge, to name a few.
The update that has been deemed most critical is tied to Outlook. In order to exploit the flaw, users must open an infected file within Outlook. However, this file could be found in an email or a link on an infected website. Other patches found in IE or Edge could also be exploited by executing malware on an infected website. It should be noted, there have not been any reports of hackers exploiting these vulnerabilities; however, they may at any time. Therefore, it is suggested all Windows computers patch their systems by installing the latest Microsoft update.
Although, users must also be aware the Microsoft update does not update all of their programs. It is important users keep their third-party applications and security solutions updated as well. We understand it may be an inconvenience to halt what you’re doing to complete an update — but they are incredibly important. If users leave operating systems, applications, or security solutions unpatched, they’re leaving the backdoor wide open for malicious activity.