Emergency Patches, Patch Tuesday and the Great Anti-Virus Compatibility Challenge

Several (50+) patches were released by Microsoft yesterday as part of their patching cycle for January.  Add to these out-of-band emergency patches designed to mitigate and/or resolve the vulnerabilities associated with Meltdown and Spectre, and sysadmins and security admins around the world are incredibly busy this week.

Complicating matters is the challenge of verifying your anti-virus and anti-malware software is compatible with Microsoft’s emergency patches, specifically in terms of the needed registry flags.

Take a moment and familiarize yourself with the updates from Microsoft, Adobe and others and patch accordingly once your testing is complete.

https://threatpost.com/microsoft-january-patch-tuesday-update-fixes-16-critical-bugs/129378/

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/patch-tuesday-more-work-for-admins/

https://threatpost.com/anti-virus-updates-required-ahead-of-microsofts-meltdown-spectre-patches/129371/

 

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