With older Windows versions Microsoft had introduced the Patch Tuesday which is a monthly day on which Microsoft is regularly publishing new updates for their PC and Server operating systems. The company is continuing this tradition with Windows 10 and therefore the company has published a few important and critical updates for Windows 10 but also older Windows versions on last Patch Tuesday.
For the latest generation of Windows Microsoft has rolled out both, updates which should improve overall performance of the operating system as well as updates for fixing critical and important security flaws of the operating system itself and Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. For Microsoft’s latest Browser, Edge, the company has changed the way how the browser is handling cached files while in private mode with this update installed. Internet Explorer on the other side has been improved for page rendering. Once you have checked for Updates in the Settings app of your Windows 10 machine you’ll be able to see the update listed KB3135173. Depending on your OS architecture, x86 or x64, the update will either have a size of 270MB or 489MB.
Other versions of Windows
Of course Microsoft is still caring for customers which are using older versions of Windows. There is one security flaw of the kernel of Windows which exists on all versions of the operating system. Security flaws in the kernel of Windows are very critical and gladly Microsoft is fixing this with Update KB3136082 in Windows Server 2008, Server 2012, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, Windows Vista and Windows 10.
The security flaw in the kernel of Windows lets a lokal hacker take full control of your Windows machine if he is aware of that and access it. Therefor it is very important to install this update on your PC once it is offered through Windows Update.
With these two updates there has been rolled out another security update which is marked as critical for some versions of Windows. It concerns the way Windows is handling .pdf files and API calls. This could have been used by an attacker to gain the same rights which the current user does have. Ergo if you are the administrator on your PC, the hacker could basically do everything with your OS without you even noticing. The update has been rolled out for all affected versions of Windows: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10;
Last but not least there is an update concerning Microsoft’s Visual Studio suite or more specifically it is a fix for projects made with ASP.NET MVC5 or MVC6 in Visual Studio. Web Apps which have been made with one of the previously mentioned programming languages and are using the two-step authentication mechanism could give away the user’s phone number if a hacker knows how to access this security vulnerability. The security flaws have been fixed now, however, existing apps need to be overhauled. Microsoft has listed some instructions how to do that here.
Along with the above mentioned updates there have been published a few other critical updates with the last patch Tuesday, however for those Microsoft has not published a changelog yet. Be sure to check for updates on your PC in order to get the latest Patch Tuesday updates. Drop me a comment below with your opinion on this story and stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.
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