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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Microsoft Breaks Patch Records

Security researchers keep up with all sorts of numbers, and they have announced that this is Microsoft’s record year for releasing patches. They have actually released more patches in the last eight months than they did in 2004 and 2005 combined.

According to Jonathan Bitle, product manager with security company Qualys:"2006 already is a record year. It's great that we're finding them prior to large-scale attacks, but at the same time it's a concern about the quality of [Microsoft's] code."

Even McAfee mentioned the surprising number of Microsoft patches in their blog. Bitle added, "I think we'll see another large release from Microsoft next month. Last month was the browser-based vulnerability month, but in Tuesday's MS06-042 bulletin, there were only 8 IE patches. Expect more in September."

Another question is what does this weakness in code mean for the upcoming release of Vista. How safe will the new Vista be? Has Microsoft’s code quality gone down? Learn more about these questions and more in the full article (link above).

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