July 2010 Security Updates


July 2010 Security Updates


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Article Updated: 30th July 2010

July 2010 Windows Updates


July 2010 has been a busy month for Windows users attempting to keep up to date with the recent flurry of security patches and/or software updates.

# Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP:

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Tuesday 13th July 2010 Microsoft released 3 new security updates.

- 2 updates for Microsoft Windows (KB 2229593) and (KB 2032276)
- 1 update for Microsoft Office (KB 982335)
- 1 update for Microsoft Office Outlook (KB 978212)

For Home Users read:

You probably already have Automatic Updates turned on, but you can manually check to see if you have any security updates waiting for you by visiting the Microsoft Update website - click here.

You may also find this page helpful... Get help with security issues

For IT Professionals read:

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July 2010

The Microsoft Security Response Center Blog


Please note: More information about the current Windows Shortcut Security threat can be found here.


# Google Chrome Internet Browser:

Google has shipped a new version of its Chrome browser to fix three high-risk security holes that expose web surfers to malicious hacker attacks. (A worrying occurrence from the company that just dumped Windows on its employees PCs because of security concerns; then they discover their own software is exposing customers to hackers!)

The latest version you should have installed is: 5.0.375.125

Oddly there is no mention of this "critical" security update on the Official Google Chrome team blog.


# Mozilla Firefox Internet Browser:

Mozilla has shipped a mega patch for Firefox to fix a total of 16 security flaws that expose Web surfers to drive-by download, data theft and local bar spoofing attacks.

TThe Firefox 3.6.7 update includes fixes for nine "critical" issues that could be exploited to launch remote code execution attacks. Two of the 16 bugs are rated "high risk" and 5 are "moderate".

A week later Mozilla issued a non-security related update to Firefox. The latest version you should have installed is: 3.6.8

An FAQ page is available here.


# Apple iTunes:

Apple has shipped a critical iTunes update to fix a security vulnerability that exposes Windows users to malicious hacker attacks.

The latest version you should have installed is: 9.2.1

You can download the latest version from Apple here.


# Apple Safari Internet Browser:

Apple has shipped a major Safari browser update to fix 15 documented security holes, including a known flaw in the browser's AutoFill Web Forms feature that can be hacked to steal data from the computer's address book. According to Apple, Safari's AutoFill feature may disclose information to websites without any user interaction.

The patch also covers a slew of potentially dangerous WebKit flaws, including some that could lead to drive-by download attacks.

The latest version you should have installed is: 5.0.1

You can download the latest version from Apple here.


Other Security Information...

Do you know which vendors reported the most security vulnerabilities between 2005 and 2010?

#1st - Apple
#2nd - Oracle
#3rd - Microsoft.

Based on Secunia's recently released report, ten vendors are responsible for 38% of the total number of vulnerabilities, and seven of the vendors on the top 10 list back in 2005, still occupy the top positions in 2010.

Read the report here. (PDF Report).

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