Did you buy a Microsoft Surface? Here come the first critical security patches

Filed Under: Featured, Malware, Microsoft, Vulnerability

Microsoft Surface, running Windows RTNovember's 2012 Patch Tuesday is next week, and as well as the regular security patches for classic versions of Windows and Microsoft applications, owners of the brand spanking new Microsoft Surface tablet running Windows 8 RT will also need to update their systems.

An advance notification from Microsoft reveals that some of the critical vulnerabilities being patched by the software giant on Tuesday impact Windows RT, and could allow cybercriminals to infect vulnerable systems with malware.

It doesn't matter if you're still running Windows XP SP3 or Windows 8 - it's important to sit up, pay attention, and take action whenever Microsoft issues security updates.

And that's a lesson that users of the new Microsoft Surface tablet are going to have to learn as well if they're going to reduce the chances of an internet attack being successful.

Microsoft's patches won't be issued until Tuesday 13 November (the company tries to bundle its security patches up for release on the second Tuesday of every month), so be sure to keep an eye out then and be prepared to apply the fixes as they become available.

Windows RTSoftware covered in the bundle of security fixes include:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2
  • Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
  • Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
  • Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
  • Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
  • Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
  • Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
  • Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows RT
  • Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
  • Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems (Server Core installation)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
  • Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Internet Explorer 9

Stay safe folks.

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6 Responses to Did you buy a Microsoft Surface? Here come the first critical security patches

  1. jag · 620 days ago

    I don't have a clue to the staff count in Redmond. However, there seems to be an ongoing snag in their coders and debuggers.

    They have spare time to massage each new windows version by dropping useful units such as HELP32 and Cradfile and add useless crasuchhs a Sidebar Gadgets.

    Must be beau-coup fun around the shop.

  2. MikeP_UK · 620 days ago

    But there are vulnerabilities they will not fix. For example, Hotmail automatically logs on to a Messenger (Not Live Messenger) account without telling you - thereby opening a back-door entrance. But they are, apparently, 'closing' messenger so it is to be replaced with Skype. But will that be set to automatically log in without the user's knowledge, permission nor intervention? Silly thing is that they refuse to accept it is a potential problem!! In my view, anything like that automation is always potentially dangerous.

    Stay safe and watch out for the 'security update' scam emails going round now.

  3. Tell me something that's actually news. Most of the article is just a long list of the OS's impacted by the upcoming patch and the rest of the article is generic. Why not say at least one thing about a security flaw unique to Surface RT.

    • There will be more information about the flaws released next Tuesday, when Microsoft releases the full Patch Tuesday kaboodle.

      This is the pre-announcement. And as - for the first time - it impacts the Surface, it seems worthy of a heads-up for those who may not be used to such things.

      Hope that helps.

  4. Tim · 619 days ago

    Always appreciate the heads up especially when concerned with MS security.
    Besides didn't we all vote for more security related news?
    Maybe it was just me.
    Thanks, as always, Graham.

  5. THX Graham,

    Isn't it time to change our ideas ?
    Instead of patching , upgrading , fixes ,hotfixes and a 'newer' OS ?
    Maybe moving software security totally into hardware ?
    The data will me all moved into the cloud anyway.

    Or even leaving the binary systems ?

    T L.

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