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August 10, 2006

Patch Tuesday More Critical Than Usual

Patch Tuesday came and went yesterday with 19 high priority updates, if you include the Windows Genuine Advantage Notification tool among them.  One patch, however, was critical enough that the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning of its own that it patched a vulnerability that could put the nation's critical infrastructure at risk.  The patch is described in Security Bulletin MS06-040 and is listed as highly critical in Windows Update.  Essentially, the vulnerability can allow an attacker to take control of a machine, install programs, view, change, or delete data, and create new accounts with full user rights.  The flaw is in Windows Server Services and is already being exploited in the wild.

Without being critical of DHS and the warning, haven't we heard this before about Windows?  And given the unusual step taken by DHS, please patch your systems as quickly as possible, especially if you run a government computer.

Check out the details in ComputerWorld.

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