The first Microsoft patches of 2007

Later today Microsoft will release its latest security patches. These will include a Critical update for Windows and three others for Office (the highest of which will also be Critical). You can find the notifications in the usual place.

The use of unpatched vulnerabilies continues to be a significant part of the cyber threat landscape and, unsurprisingly, has kept Microsoft busy during 2006, as the table below shows.

  Critical Important Moderate
January 2006 3
February 2006 2 5
March 2006 1 1
April 2006 3 1 1
May 2006 2 1
June 2006 8 3 1
July 2006 5 2
August 2006 9 3
September 2006 2 1 1
October 2006 6 1 2
November 2006 5 1
December 2006 3 4

We hope that the release of Windows Vista will mean less patches, but since current systems will be with us for some time to come, we’ll need to remain on our guard to stay secure.

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