I'm Robert Marshall, director and principle consultant at SMSMarshall Ltd, who's specialism is in the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product and all of its dependent products, covering all aspects from Architecture, Implementation, Migration to Break-Fix.
I've been in front of computers for over 30 years now, with my roots in programming 8 bit computers, I've taken an often exciting journey which has led to becoming an expert in an enterprise product. I consider my career as starting 17 years ago, when I began my first serious role as a deployment engineer. I've seen 8 bit through to 64 bit, the rise and refinement of the interface we take for granted now, the rise of the Internet from land-line based modem access for the few, to the powerful broadband connections we have today for the masses, I saw mobile phones come into existence, and I've seen Microsoft evolve from more than a handful of employees to the company it is now, while pretty much tinkering with every OS they have released, as well as seeing an industry that has evolved around those humble beginnings to become what we have today. I'm a keen technical puzzle solver, I love to solve gnarly problems around my area of specialism. And, I love to share when I have time. I hope you enjoy the blog.
I was expecting a larger than normal patch deployment for October as this is a five-week cycle due to the day it fell on, so this month we have a LOT of patches going out.
Maximum Severity Rating
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
May require restart
Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008
Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003
Internet Explorer on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2
Elevation of Privilege
Denial of Service
Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Office Outlook 2002, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, Visio Viewer 2002, Visio Viewer 2003, and Visio Viewer 2007
Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, andMicrosoft Silverlight 2
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Developer Tools, and Microsoft Forefront
What does this mean to us that have to turn the handle? Probably a very large deployment package that needs to go out to all our DP's. If your secondaries are low on disk space I'd suggest freeing some up in readiness for this months deployment. Using my crystal ball, I can envision this deployment package being several hundred MB's. Also, if you haven't already then you should be looking at removing some of those old deployment packages (2007\2008), and rolling the non-superceded patches in to a sustainer deployment package to whittle down the size of your existing deployment packages.
Check out the October Security Bulletin to get more information on these patches