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:Daylight Savings Update for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. (The update is approximately 250 KB - 1.3 MB.) Vista/2008 Application Compatibility Update (The update is approximately 2.6 MB - 5.5 MB.) Dynamic Installer Update for Vista and 2008 (The update is approximately 30 KB - 900 KB.) WSUS 3.0 SP2 - Provides support for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and BranchCache. (The update is approximately 85 MB.) WSUS 3.0 SP2 Dynamic Installer - Allows WSUS to be installed as a server role. (The update is approximately 85 MB.) Windows 7 Language Pack (The update is approximately 30 MB - 150 MB per language.) IE 8 Compatibility View List for Windows 7 and 2008R2 (The update is approximately 40 KB - 700 KB.) Fix for "stop errors" while installing Vista/2008 SP2 (The update is approximately 40 KB.)
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.