Is it just me? Or has this been a super-challenging MS Update cycle this time ‘round?
At home on our Windows 7/8 systems I must have had scan for updates, install updates, reboot, re-scan for updates, install more updates, reboot, re-scan for updates, install final round of updates a few more times than I can previously recall.
Lots and lots of updates (though that may be partially my fault for leaving Office 2007 on when I installed Office 2010). I do that for trouble-shooting support as not all my peeps are are on the same version of Office that I would like to be on.
And at work on our XP systems, for some reason we got bit with the MS bug where we successfully install KB2760411 and KB2760588 but after reboot, Windows Update says they still need to be installed! Wow.
Here is more linkage than you need regarding Microsoft and third-party app updating this month.
First Up: Microsoft Patching Information
Microsoft fixes bad patch detection - ZDNet Zero Day blog
Why all the errors in Microsoft updates lately? - ZDNet Zero Day blog
Update for Outlook 2013 breaks folder pane - ZDNet Zero Day blog
Microsoft botches still more patches in latest Automatic Update - Microsoft windows - InfoWorld
Outlook 2013 Folder Pane Disappears After Installing September 2013 Public Update - Office Sustained Engineering - TechNet Blogs
I’ve actually been holding off running my monthly WSUS Offline Update build until word comes out that these have been resolved.
Microsoft Patch Tuesday, September 2013 - SpiderLabs Anterior - Amusing and helpful patch summary
Lovely tokens and the September 2013 security updates - MSRC blog - details with pretty graphs
Assessing risk for the September 2013 security update - Security Research & Defense blog
Microsoft September 2013 Black Tuesday Overview - ISC Diary post
Next in Line: Adobe (Flash, Shockwave, Air)
Adobe September 2013 Black Tuesday Overview - ISC Diary post
Update Flash, Shockwave ASAP! Adobe also patches Acrobat and Reader - ZDNet Zero Day blog
Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes - Krebs on Security
Chrome Releases: Flash Player Update - Chrome Releases blog
On the Tail End: Oracle’s Java
Oracle Updates Java - Threatpost
Oracle finally adds whitelisting capabilities to Java - Computerworld
New features aim to shore up Java’s flagging security - Ars Technica
Go Get ‘Em Cowboy!
Hopefully your system is already set to download and process your Microsoft Updates. If not, stop, drop, and roll and get them on now manually if you must.
Adobe Flash may do an auto-updating or not, depending on your installation and settings. I've not seen Air or Shockwave self-update ever.
Java might offer the update to you…or not.
If in doubt, you should be able to find direct downloads here.
- Adobe Flash Player Distribution - Adobe
- Shockwave Player Distribution Downloads - Adobe
- Archived Adobe AIR SDK version - Adobe
- Java Downloads for All Operating Systems - Oracle
Finally, if you have any doubt at all regarding your update level for these particular applications try one of these options; or even better, run both.
- Qualys BrowserCheck - be sure to hit this link in all browsers that you use on your system!
- The Secunia Software Inspector - Online Software Inspector (OSI) - they have a PSI installable version as well worth checking out.
They are really nice and pretty and are often overlooked…like the proverbial girl next door.
However they will hold your hand just as warmly and the kisses are just as sweet!
Stay patched, my friends.