Microsoft Patch Tuesday Offers Critical Fixes, But Not for XP

On Tuesday, Microsoft released eight security bulletins -- thatEUs more than IT admins have seen in the last few months. The May patches include 13 vulnerabilities and two critical fixes.

But before Microsoft outlined the security fixes, Windows senior marketing communications manager Bandon LeBlanc reiterated that April 8th was the end of Windows XP support.

EUBecause support has ended for Windows XP, we are no longer releasing updates to the general public for Windows XP going forward,EU he said in a blog post. EUIf you continue to use Windows XP without support, your computer will still likely work but will become vulnerable to security risks and over time its performance will be affected.EU

A Flurry of Fixes

We caught up with Russ Ernst, director product management at security firm Lumension, to get his take on the bulletins. He told us Patch Tuesday comes on the heels of the out-of-band patch for IE, MS14-021, released by Microsoft May 1.

EUInterestingly, a critical fix for all versions of IE is the second of two critical patches today too, with bulletin MS14-029,EU he said. EUThis one covers just two CVEs as well as last weekEUs out-of-band so it isnEUt considered a cumulative update. If you havenEUt gotten around to pushing out MS14-021, use MS14-029 instead.EU

As if IT admins didnEUt have enough to do, Ernst also reminded that Adobe is planning to release security updates for Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. Adobe has assigned a priority rating of one for each of the four updates in the works.

On Top of Everything Else . . .

We also turned to Craig Young, a security researcher at Tripwire, to get his take on the flurry of May patches. He told us Microsoft has taken another step this month to limit exposure from unknown vulnerabilities with MS14-024.

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