December patches and a 2007 retrospective

Today is ‘Patch Tuesday’ and this month Microsoft has announced that there will be seven security bulletins, three of which it rates ‘Critical’ and four of which it rates ‘Important’.

The Critical bulletins affect DirectX, Windows Media Format Runtime and Internet Explorer.

You can find more information here.

Make sure you patch your system. The easiest way to make sure you stay up-to-date is to enable Automatic Updates. You can find guidelines on applying Automatic Updates here.

The use of unpatched vulnerabilies continues to be a significant part of the threat landscape, so it’s no surprise that Micrsoft has been kept busy this year. Here’s a summary of this year’s patches.

  Critical Important Moderate
January 3 1
February 6 6
March
April 5 1
May 7
June 4 1 1
July 3 2 1
August 6 3
September 1 3
October 4 2
November 1 1
December 3 4

Patched security vulnerabilities in 2007

The situation in 2007 hasn’t changed noticeably from 2006. Last year there were 49 critical, 23 important, and 5 moderate updates. 2007 brought very slightly fewer patches, with 43 critical, 24 important, and 2 moderate fixes. If you want to take a look at last year’s chart, it’s here.

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