Here we are again: floundering around amid the confusion of another Patch Tuesday without security bulletins.
A check of the Security Updates Guide, filtered to show items released between April 12 (post-patch Wednesday of last month) and May 9 shows a total 243 listings – which is, of course, a pretty meaningless number since it includes a line item for the same patch for each different version of Windows.
But in case your computer is not permanently connected to the Internet or if you haven’t turned it on for a longer period of time, you should consider either forcing an update or manually updating the latest updates.
Separately, Adobe has a new version of its Flash Player software available that squashes at least seven nasty bugs.
Last week, Google security researchers Natalie Silvanovich and Tavis Ormandy reported to Microsoft a flaw in its Malware Protection Engine, a technology that exists in most of Redmond’s malware protection offerings — including Microsoft Forefront, Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender.
A critical security flaw in the code for Microsoft’s Malware Protection Engine was repaired by the company within two days after first being reported by two researchers , helping to lock down the code to prevent malicious attacks against users.
In a May 8 security advisory, Microsoft acknowledged the update for its Malware Protection engine, which addresses a vulnerability that could allow remote code execution if the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine scans a specially-crafted file, leading to memory corruption.