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July Patch Tuesday (report on Wednesday)

Here are the details for this month’s Microsoft security updates (one day late, I’ve been busy):

Three patches were released, one each for Windows, Internet Explorer and and some older versions of Word (2000 and 2002). All three were rated “critical”.

From ComputerWorld:

The Internet Explorer and Windows patches appear to be the most significant, since the flaws they address could be used by an attacker to take control of a user’s system via a maliciously encoded Web page, said Neel Mehta, team leader of X-Force research at security vendor Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) in Atlanta. The Internet Explorer bug is significant because security experts have already shown a way that it could be exploited by an attacker, he said.

And eWeek (via Microsoft Watch):

The July batch of patches also includes fixes for serious hole in the widely deployed Microsoft Word desktop productivity program and the color management module in the Windows operating system.

The JView Profiler fix, addressed in MS05-037, sets the killbit for the Javaprxy.dll COM object to prevent a malicious hacker from exploiting the vulnerability.

Marc Orchant reports that Firefox 1.0.5 was released yesterday, also a security update. He also lists the installation instructions for the Macintosh version of the program:

Once you have downloaded the Firefox 1.0.5.dmg file, double click the Firefox Disk Image to open it in Finder, and then drag the Firefox application onto your hard disk. Drag the icon to your Dock if you want it to appear there.

For Firefox 1.0, double click the Firefox 1.0.dmg.gz Disk Image to uncompress and mount it. Your browser may have already done this for you. Double click the Firefox Disk Image to open it in Finder and drag the Firefox application onto your hard disk. Do not double click the icon in the disk image! Be sure to drag the Firefox application out of the disk image and onto your Hard Disk before running it. Drag the icon to your Dock if you want it to appear there.

He’s gotta be joking, right? No reasonable computer user would put up with an operating system that has trouble installing programs, right? I mean if Windows has it down pat, surely the Mac must have perfected it a decade ago, right?

What in the holy hell is wrong with Mac install procedures?

Apple also released two Tiger security fixes, according to Slashdot.

- Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary Page

July 13th, 2005 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Apple, Firefox, Word, Office, Internet Explorer, Security, Windows, Open Source, General | no comments

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