Patch Tuesday approaches quickly. That time of the month when Microsoft deems it appropriate to fix the myriad security flaws that rear their ugly heads during the preceding time frame. As is custom,the company gives advance notice of what to expect, but no details regarding actual flaws -- a nod to not allowing (more) hackers taking advantage of the issues discovered.
Microsoft today said it will ship nine security updates next week, two rated "critical," to patch Internet Explorer (IE), Windows, SharePoint Server, Office Web Apps and the company's anti-malware software in Windows 8 and RT.
One security expert put his money on the IE update as the most important of the pending, in part because he expects Microsoft to fix the flaws revealed a month ago at the Pwn2Own hacking contest.
Adobe today patched Flash Player, the fifth time this year it's updated the vulnerability-plagued software.
Unlike two of the three updates last month, however, today's was part of Adobe's regularly-scheduled patch cadence.
The results from the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest are in, and the score is as follows: hackers one, software zero.
Research teams Wednesday cracked Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox at the Pwn2Own hacking contest, pulling in more than $250,000 in prizes.
Earlier in the day, a solo hacker exploited Oracle's Java to win $20,000.