January 2008 Updates

January 2008 Updates

As you all know, the time has come yet again for the monthly Windows updates from Microsoft. Most of you have probably already installed the updates on your computer, but just in case you’re not sure what kinds of changes were made, allow me to give you a brief explanation. I must say, this month’s updates were very minimal compared to some of the ones we’ve seen in the past. I guess that’s something to be thankful for! Let’s take a look and see what we’ve got.

Two main updates were released for January 2008, one which was rated as “critical” and the other as “important.” The critical update dealt with some vulnerabilities that were found in the Windows TCP/IP area that could eventually lead to remote code execution. The second update had to do with a vulnerability found in the LSASS application that, if not repaired, could allow for local elevation of privilege. I know all of that is a little confusing, but trust me, it’s a very good thing Microsoft fixed these flaws.

Now, a couple other security updates were released as well, but they weren’t as high priority as the others. Along with the first two, five non-security updates were released for both the Microsoft Update and the Windows Server Update Services. Also, two non-security updates were released for the Windows Update and again, the Windows Server Update Services. An updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool was also released, which is pretty standard. Well, there you go. All of those changes were made to your computer for the month of January and as long as you installed them, you’re safe for another month!

~ Erin

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