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Patch Tuesday, December, 28 Bug Fixes

3:40 pm on Dec 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Patch Tuesday, December, 28 Bug Fixes [crn.com]
Microsoft issued eight security patches in its December security bulletin, fixing a total of 28 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office that allow remote attackers to launch malicious attacks on victims' PCs.
The security fixes are part of Microsoft's regular monthly patch release, issued on the second Tuesday of every month, known as Patch Tuesday.

Six of the updates, repairing a total of 23 errors, were deemed critical, which means that potential cyber attackers have the ability to execute malicious code remotely that could shut down or completely take control of a user's PC. Specifically, the critical patches plug holes in different versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system, as well as Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word and Excel applications.

1:41 am on Dec 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Is there a way to download and install these WITHOUT IE attempting to become the default browser or attempting to change any of my settings without me controlling which they change?
7:16 am on Dec 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Vista doesn't use IE for Windows Update, so I assume you're talking about XP or earlier.

In IE check:
Tools ¦ Internet Options ¦ Programs (tab)
See if IE is your default browser. If not, simply uncheck the "Tell me if IE is not the default browser" and forget about it.

If you really want to download and install all the MS patches manually it's possible, but tedious. It's easier to use Windows Update.


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