That’s quite a bunch! The September 2017 Patch Tuesday update cycle is in the air now, with Microsoft taking the time out to fix a whole lot of vulnerabilities in its software and operating platforms.
No less than 81 of them.
This rollout is kind of huge, as far as Patch Tuesday cycles go.
What’s really interesting here is that Redmond rates 27 vulnerabilities as Critical, while 39 of these are said to allow Remote Code Execution — in other words, a successful exploit provides means for an attacked to get control of an unpatched system.
Microsoft browsers are firmly and squarely in the picture this time around, both Internet Explorer and the Windows 10 exclusive Edge. Some 22 Critical vulnerabilities effect these applications, the majority of them aimed at the Scripting Engine.
The company recommends users and system administrators to prioritize the deployment of patches for these two web browsers.
There’s also a 0-day flaw in the .NET Framework, which Microsoft marks as Important, even while confirming that attacks targeting this flaw have already been discovered in the wild. Nevertheless, users should patch it as soon as possible.
On the Windows 10 side of thing, the software titan also shipped new cumulative updates for the OS as part of Patch Tuesday. KB4038788, KB4038782, and KB4038783 are the ones in question.
All these cumulative updates require a system reboot, which is also a necessity for almost all of the patches that are rolled out as part of Patch Tuesday.
Moral of the story? Deploy quick, and save your work before you do.