Microsoft’s February Patch Tuesday update was much more extensive then has been the norm with 99 CVEs being revealed with 12 considered critical and one fixing a memory corruption zero day in Internet Explorer that is being exploited in the wild.
February is also the first month that Microsoft did not issue a general update for Windows 7 and Server 2008 as each reached its end of service coverage in January. However, the company did post updates for those companies that arranged for an Extended Security Update for their software.
Ivanti’s Todd Schell, senior product manager, security, said the fact that Microsoft included these updates with their overall rollout could cause some confusion as some admins and consumers may mistakenly believe they can fix any issues associated with this now outdated software.
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