Security holes in windows, Office, Internet Explorer and Adobe.
Last week Microsoft released patches to address 26 vulnerabilities in a wide range of products including Windows 10, Office, Silverlight, Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer’s successor Microsoft Edge.
In total nine security bulletins were issued last week by Microsoft, of which, six are described as critical. If left unpatched an attacker could trick your computer into running malware without you realising anything untoward was happening.
Applying these patches are particularly important for Internet Explorer users who continue to use older versions, as these are the last security updates that Microsoft will release for several versions of Internet Explorer running on various versions of Windows (see the list below).
|Operating System||Supported version of IE (as of January 12th, 2016)|
|Windows Vista SP2||Internet Explorer 9|
|Windows Server 2008 SP2||Internet Explorer 9|
|Windows 7 SP1||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Server 2012||Internet Explorer 10|
|Windows 8||Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 8.1|
|Windows 8.1*||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Server 2012 R2*||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows 10*||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Server 2016 Preview*||Internet Explorer 11|
*Denotes operating system that shipped with Internet Explorer 11
Microsoft’s recent announcements and actions make it clear they are keen for homes users and businesses to switch to Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge. They are sending a clear message that continued use of older versions of Internet Explorer could leave PCs at risk of attack.
Consider applying these security patches at your earliest opportunity and explore your options regarding upgrading or migrating from Internet Explorer if appropriate.
It’s not just Microsoft that is pushing out regular updates to protect against security vulnerabilities.
Adobe also recently issued its latest patches for Adobe Reader and Acrobat, fixing critical code execution vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a malicious hacker to infect and hijack vulnerable Windows and Mac OS X computers.
As with the Microsoft patches, you would be wise to ensure that your systems are updated with the latest Adobe patches at the earliest opportunity.