Security experts yesterday were still frustrated about Microsoft's decision last month to halt advance warnings of each month's patch slate, with one calling it a "blockade" and another arguing that it makes it difficult for IT administrators to do their job.
Microsoft today released nine update bundles to plug at least 55 distinct security vulnerabilities in its Windows operating system and other software. Three of the patches fix bugs in Windows that Microsoft considers “critical,” meaning they can be exploited remotely to compromise vulnerable systems with little or no help from users, save for perhaps clicking a link or visiting a hostile Web site.
Microsoft's smartphone platform, Windows Phone, has not lived up to the expectations that the company outlined when they dropped Windows Mobile many years ago. Windows Phone, as of right now, holds roughly 4% of the smartphone markets and for a company who owns over 90% of the desktop market, the smartphone market is a sore spot in the company's portfolio.
Outlook for iOS and Android was released to rave reviews yesterday, but it now looks like it's on a one-way ticket to Borksville, calling at Securitygeddon and Hackesberg.
The app, based on Acompli, which was purchased by the company last year, has been described as superior to the Gmail and Apple stock apps, but a post from security blogger Rene Winkelmeyer points to a whole bunch of problems that make it an absolute mare.
Authors: Xeno Kovah, Corey Kallenberg, John Butterworth amd Sam Cornwell - The MITRE Corporation