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Microsoft recently released more than 10 patches – six of which were critical. After installation of these updates, Microsoft doesn’t always advise users to reboot their computers although it’s always a good idea to do this.

MS16-009 (Critical)

This patch deals with the 13 noted vulnerabilities found in Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, replacing MS16-001. The latest updates tries to eliminate the possible remote code implementation situation of users visiting a specially-designed web page. Bear in mind that previous IE versions are no longer getting updates or patches.

MS16-011 (Critical)

This patch deals with the six noted Microsoft Edge vulnerabilities including the situation where users open a specially-designed web page and activates a remote code. It also deals with HTTPS security vulnerabilities and memory handling.

MS16-012 (Critical)

This patch looks at two noted susceptibilities in the Microsoft Windows PDF library where a remote code execution situation could arise if certain Microsoft PDF API calls are not properly addressed. This update will only affect the latest operating Windows Systems – Windows 8x, Windows Server 2012 Rx and Windows 10.  Older systems don’t seem to be at risk for this issue.

MS16-013 (Critical)

This patch was designed for the Windows Journal system that could cause a remote code execution circumstance if a user opens a specially-designed JNL file. The update applies to the current versions of Microsoft desktops and server platforms. Microsoft said the chances of this happening could be mitigated by locking access to JNL files down.

MS16-015 (Critical)

This is a rather important update since it deals with the seven noted susceptibilities in Microsoft Office. It’s rather important because several issues relate to the RTF files and don’t need any user interaction for an attack on a vulnerable system. This means an attacker can send you an email with an RTF attachment, and it doesn’t even need to be opened to compromise the system.

MS16-022 (Critical)

This update patch is not geared toward any Microsoft-related product, but rather Adobe Flash Player. For three years now, Microsoft has addressed Adobe’s security patches for IE 10 and 11. This update deals with several security advisors, but it also changed how it handles third-party product updates. It’s not really an update for Flash but an update for the patch process from Microsoft.

Other “Important” and noteworthy updates users should install include:

  • MS16-014
  • MS16-016
  • MS16-017
  • MS16-018
  • MS16-019
  • MS16-020
  • MS16-021