This month's patch release is about average for Microsoft Patch Tuesday, but there were a huge number of out-of-band patches in late August. I'm really not a big fan of that for noncritical security patches. It makes sense, though; the patches are related to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, both of which RTMed recently and are just now finding their way onto systems.
By reader request, I am now listing the updates' approximate sizes. I am rounding the numbers, so don't treat the numbers as accurate to the byte; the numbers are meant to let you know if this is worth the download in locations with restricted or metered bandwidth. Please let me know in the forums whether you find this change useful or think it adds clutter to the report.
We are continuing to use our new rating system, where one flag means "patch only if applicable," two flags means "patch during your next regularly scheduled patch cycle," and three flags indicates "patch immediately."
Other updates"The Usual Suspects": Updates to the Malicious Software Removal Tool (update is approximately 8.7 - 9.3 MB) and Junk Email filters (update is approximately 2.2 MB). Changed, but not significantly: None.
Updates since the last Patch Tuesday
We did not have any security patches released out of band since the last Patch Tuesday, but there were a large number of out-of-band, nonsecurity patches in late August.
There have been a number of minor items added since the last Patch Tuesday:
Changed, but not significantly:
- Vista/2008 Application Compatibility Update (KB972036)
- Update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista (KB973879)
- Windows XP Security Update (KB961371)
- .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 Security Update (KB972593)
- IE8 and IE8 Language Packs (KB944036)
- Windows XP and 2003 Security Update (KB973869) - Fixes the constant "reoffer" problem.
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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.